Anthony Joshua didn’t get the super early stoppage that some anticipated, but he did dominate once again, and kept his record perfect at 17-0 with his 17th knockout, drooping Dominic Breazeale two times and stopping him in the seventh round.
Breazeale (17-1, 15 KO) showed a lot of toughness and heart, but that’s about all he had going for him. He was too slow — reflexes, feet, and hands -- to do much of anything with Joshua, who had a massive advantage in speed and just as much of one in the technique department.
Joshua, 26, looked every bit the fighter advertised, winning every second of the fight and beating up on a very tough man.
"I had two weeks off after my last fight and got straight back in the gym," Joshua said after the fight. "It was tough, but I get a nice little break for once, then come back with recharged batteries."
Breazeale, for his part, lasted a lot longer than most seemed to think he would, and if nothing else, you cannot question his heart and desire. He took a good number of punches from Joshua that have put down other heavyweights so far, and knocked some of them clean out. What he lacks in technique he somewhat does make up for with his grittiness, and if he can come back from this, he might seem a more interesting prospect now than he did before, even.
Asked if he had any message for Deontay Wilder, the WBC titleholder who was working as an analyst for Showtime in the U.S., Joshua was complimentary of his would-be rival.
"He’s an unbelievable, inspirational person. He was patient. 30-odd fights, got his hands on the WBC. I’m following suit," he said. "I’m making my way to the U.S. with Showtime backing me, as well. He can pick up whatever he wants from that, but it’s so different when you’re in the ring with each other. One day, we’ll get to experience what each other’s about."
Asked about Joseph Parker, his IBF mandatory, Joshua said of his next fight, "I think it’s gonna have to be the likes of Parker. I was really looking at the Furys, either one of them. I hope (Tyson) gets better soon, he hurt his ankle. In the meantime, we look at other opponents like Parker or anyone else the people want."
Whatever Anthony Joshua does next, whenever he does it, the spotlight will be on him. He’s a clear new generation superstar in boxing already, and if he continues to improve in the ring, may be something special.