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Anthony Joshua deserves a better opponent than Dominic Breazeale

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Current IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will face Dominic Breazeale in his first title defence at the O2 Arena on June 25, but the Olympic gold medalist deserves a better opponent than he will get in London.

Eddie Hearn has gone in search of an opponent that will broaden his profile over in America, with the prospect of fighting across the pond in the near future. However, what Breazeale offers will do little to frighten the 26-year-old Watford-born fighter, and is nothing he will not have experienced before.

Bermane Stiverne and Eric Molina were the other names touted to take on Joshua. However, it looks as though the Brit will strive to make it another trademark early night for his opponent, with Joshua the odds-on favourite to retain the IBF title.

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Joshua will find limitations

Gary Cornish was the last boxer Joshua faced that was bigger than him, by an inch, at 6ft 7in, and that it what the Brit will come up against once again in June. Breazeale holds the height advantage, but is neither as lean or athletic as Joshua.

The Brit's movement is one of his strengths, and will likely be able to capitalise on that, with his 30-year-old opponent not boasting the footwork that Joshua has to offer - most prominent in the American's most recent bout against Amir Mansour.

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Nor was Breazeale the best at landing his punches in his last bout - although Mansour's movement was impressive, to avoid the fists of the 6ft 7in heavyweight on numerous occasions - and is susceptible to opening up too much on attack - again, demonstrated by Mansour.

Fast finish

And if Breazeale is to rely on taking the former Olympian the distance, then that would be stupidity. Joshua is a relentless fighter and gets off the mark quick, meaning the 30-year-old will have to start fast to stand a chance against the 26-year-old.

Breazeale's first two rounds against Mansour passed with nothing of real note taking place. And he only woke up, to face the challenge, once he had been downed in the third round - before going on to take the fight on a referee technical decision.

Breazeale vs. Bisbal

The American will have to be fit and up for the contest, if he is to stand a chance of taking the IBF belt back to America. A quick start is required, with good movement and combinations to throw the Watford boxer off track.

However, another issue for Breazeale to face is the O2 Arena crowd. A bout on home turf, of the undefeated heavyweight champion, is a psychological factor he must overcome, if he is to overwhelm the British audience.

Record means nothing

Breazeale (17-0-KO15) may boast an admirable record, like Joshua's, but his opponents say little about what he will make of the king of the KOs.

Mansour has been the best of the American's opponents to date, while Fred Kassi and Yasmany Consuegra have also been respectable opponents. But, Consuegra and Mike Bissett are the American's only undefeated opponents he has faced.

Boxing at The O2 Arena

Meanwhile, Joshua has defeated Charles Martin, Dillian Whyte, Gary Cornish and Emanuele Leo, who were all undefeated prior to their meetings.

But aside from the quality Joshua assures boxing fans of, bout after bout, the 26-year-old is a level-headed athlete, who will not take Breazeale lightly - like any other opponent he has faced - and on too many occasions he has defied the odds.

Joshua has dismantled fighters in the past, who have been deemed a challenge for the Brit, but Breazeale doesn't seem the man who can dethrone the heavyweight world champion.

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