Im­pe­ri­ous Joshua re­tains world ti­tle

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LONDON—Anthony Joshua cruised to a seventh round vic­tory over Do­minic Breazeale in a first world ti­tle de­fence on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old Bri­ton floored his Amer­i­can chal­lenger twice in the seventh round as he re­tained his In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) heavy­weight ti­tle and ex­tended his re­mark­able run of knock­outs at the O2 Arena in London.

Joshua, who has stopped all 17 pro­fes­sional op­po­nents since win­ning an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, in­flicted Breazeale’s first pro­fes­sional de­feat in his 18th bout af­ter con­trol­ling the fight from start to fin­ish.

Af­ter set­ting a steady pace, Joshua ex­ploded into ac­tion in the seventh round and Breazeale could not re­sist two vi­cious com­bi­na­tions.—AFP

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