American heavyweight Dominic Breazeale is preparing to face IBF champion Anthony Joshua later this month and clearly aims to ruffle a few feathers until the pair meet in the ring.
Just like his trip to the UK in the build-up, the 30 year-old Californian has had plenty to say as Breazeale prepares to challenge for the sport’s biggest prize on June 25 at London’s O2 Arena.
Targeting Joshua’s Olympic triumph in 2012 and world title win back in April against Charles Martin, Breazeale has attempted to rubbish Joshua’s achievements so as ‘Trouble’ plans a huge upset in the British capital.
“I think, in general, he’s kind of had a little bit of a stepping stone as far as fighting in the Olympics in his backyard, having the judges there in his backyard,” said Breazeale.
“I don’t know if you saw the fight but when he fought in that final match for the Gold Medal, I was sitting third row and I hands down believe that (he lost). But you know, when you’ve got judges on your side, in your own country, Olympics in your own country, it looks better when the home native wins.”
He continued: “Even as a professional, he fought a guy in Charles Martin that really didn’t show up fight night. Charles Martin himself had an easy road and path to the title with the whole slip and fall against Glazkov.
“When you think of a heavyweight champion you want to make sure he’s fought the best, and I think that’s why Joshua has chosen me as his opponent to defend against. That’s what he plans on getting out of the situation if he can make it through the 12 rounds. I plan on putting on some extreme pressure and taking Joshua to a new level of boxing, and we’ll find out June 25.”