Exclusive: Martin manager backs early Joshua KO over Breazeale
Former Anthony Joshua opponent Charles Martin’s manager Mike Borao has given his pre-fight prediction to WBN ahead of tonight’s IBF title defense against Dominic Breazeale.
Despite similarities between the two in KO ratio, size, record and weight, Borao sees only one outcome when the pair collide on Sky PPV and Showtime in the US, which is an early victory for the champion.
“Dominic Breazeale is a very nice guy outside the ring but a fierce, fierce competitor inside. And while I would love the IBF title to come back to America, I think Joshua’s speed will be too much for Breazeale,” Borao exclusively told World Boxing News.
“We all know that Breazeale is a very slow starter that needs to warm into a fight, plus he’s suffered some early flash knockdowns in his career as a result. On the other hand, Joshua is a very fast starter and won’t give Breazeale the chance to heat up and work his way into the fight.
“I see Joshua getting past an early porous Breazeale defense and scoring a couple of knockdowns en route to a KO inside three rounds.
“My prediction isn’t a knock on Breazeale at all, but I think Anthony Joshua’s considerable strengths match up very well against Breazeale’s weaknesses,” he added.
Borao informed WBN earlier this week that former Martin himself targeting a return to action in the fall following his two-round loss to Joshua, before a second fight a few months later, and a possible world title shot in 2017.