Dominic Breazeale has told Anthony Joshua to expect a bloody fight later this month, when the American challenges the IBF World heavyweight champion for his belt at the O2 Arena in London on June 25.
Joshua will defend his title for the first time later this month at the same venue that he secured his first world heavyweight belt, with a second round knockout of Charles Martin in a comfortable bout for the Brit, in April.
However, Breazeale has told the Watford-born fighter that he will not be presented with the same kind of fight this time around, and that a walk-through start to his career, that has seen him become one of the most sought after heavyweights, is about to come to a gruesome end.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Breazeale said: "There's going to be blood, man,
"It's two modern day gladiators going toe-to-toe fighting each other, beating each other."
The American also believes that this fight will provide the real tough, closer encounters Joshua fans have been missing out on, with the 26-year-old boasting a record of 16-0-KO16.
Dillian Whyte has proved Joshua's toughest test in his professional career, to date; needing seven rounds to knock out his fellow Brit. However, Breazeale (17-0-KO15) is confident that his own record speaks for itself, having openly expressed his belief that he will end the heavyweight's domination in the division, so far, in their initial press conference.
"It's going to be two big, goliath men on June 25. I know what two big devastating men can do in a ring." said Breazeale.
"There's no time to be nervous and not know that you're confidently the bigger, better man."
However, Joshua believes that he will get the job done at the venue that has proved to be so successful for him in the past. And the Olympic gold medalist has already began talk of a fight over in the States.
"When I look at Ricky Hatton, he was unbelievable taking thousands and thousands of people over to America." Joshua told Sky Sports.
"So if the opportunity comes, and it works for everyone, 100 percent [I will fight in Vegas].
"This isn't about country versus country, this is about being global and being worldwide. So we're just trying to make everyone aware of what we're doing."
Joshua was weighing up his options against American opponents, before sounding out Breazeale as the man to help him boost his profile in America. And Joshua's victory over Martin earlier in the year has already helped him on his way to winning Americans' hearts.
But Joshua is currently focused on making sure Breazeale's beliefs don't become a reality, and ruin his prolific career.
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