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Anthony Joshua talks Wilder v Breazeale, reveals future two-fight plan

World Boxing News 18/05/2019
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📸 Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Joshua has admitted he’ll be keeping close tabs on Deontay Wilder ahead of his WBC defense against fellow native Dominic Breazeale.

‘AJ’ – who defeated Breazeale via TKO in 2016 – believes the contest will be an intriguing contest.

He told Sporting News: “I’ll be in America at the time so it won’t mess with my body clock. I will definitely watch it.

“In England, I don’t really stay up late to watch the fights because I have a son. He’s up at like 7 a.m. so I can’t afford to sleep late.

“It will be a good fight, Breazeale is tough, a bit slower. Wilder, wild, a lot quicker and stronger so it’s going to turn out to be a good fight.”

The Brit makes his hotly-anticipated U.S. debut on June 1 at Madison Square Garden against late-replacement Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua is hoping to cement a fight with Wilder later this year. If both come through their fights and end up meeting each other next, then all four recognized world titles will be on the line.


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However, as well as targeting Wilder, the undefeated star is also eyeing up another opponent who recently joined the Matchroom stable.

He said: “100 percent, my plan if I had a crystal ball would be, myself and Wilder. I beat him to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

“Then I would fight Usyk because that’s like the former undisputed cruiserweight champion against the current undisputed heavyweight champion. It would be a big event.

“I have a lot of respect for Usyk, he’s a good fighter, he’s come from an Olympic background. He represented his country. He’s from a different breed.

“The message we send is with our fists and in the ring. When you have people like Miller that come from the grimy gyms in New York then they have to do a lot of talking to back up their s—t, they are a different kettle of fish.

“So Usyk, big respect to you and welcome to the heavyweight division, the division of strength, speed, power and I wish you success.”

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