Can ‘AJ’ deal with Trouble?
Fans are looking forward to what promises to be one of the most enthralling heavyweight clashes of recent years Who will get the upper hand?
Boxing fans can expect a riveting fight when Englishman Anthony “AJ” Joshua defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title against American Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale at the O2 Arena (Millennium Dome) in Greenwich, London, on Saturday night.
The big men enter the slaughterhouse with almost similar records and fighting styles.
Most global heavyweight match-ups feature combatants squaring up in obviously different aspects. But these fighters are nearreplicas of each other.
The 26-year-old Joshua comes into the fight with an unblemished CV of 16 knockouts in all his bouts, while his foe, Trouble, four years his senior, has chalked up 17 victories, having sent 15 foes to the canvas.
Both men possess awesome firepower and are sure to be launching big bombs at one another from the first gong.
The fact that they rely on the same stance – orthodox – to throw their dangerous rights, should ensure that fans get their money’s worth.
But all eyes of the expectant partisan crowd will be focused on AJ to see whether he can again bring the Arena down. Joshua destroyed Charles Martin in two rounds to win the title in April, and the 2012 London Olympic gold medallist will now return to the same venue as champion.
AJ, born in Watford, the son of Nigerian mum Yeta and a Nigerian-Irish father, Robert, takes his IBF conquest so seriously that he feels he will make a successful defence.
“My coaches have watched Breazeale for a long time and they knew he was going to be a player in the division, and now we get the chance to go to war,” Joshua told MailOnline this week.
He said the fight would be explosive, as both of them would let their hands go and try to score knockouts.
But Breazeale, who fights out of Alhambra in California, is no slouch himself.
He proved his worth in his last outing by stopping Amir Mansour in the fifth round of their vacant World Boxing Council continental Americas heavyweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in February.
He is brimming with confidence about having the IBF belt strapped around his waist on Saturday.
“There’s going to be blood, man,” Trouble told skysports.com this week.
“It’s two modern-day gladiators going toeto-toe fighting each other, beating each other.
“There’s no time to be nervous and not know that you’re confidently the bigger, better man.”