Drug cheats deserve lifetime bans, says Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua successfully defended his IBF world heavyweight belt thanks to a trademark knockout of American challenger Dominic Breazeale.

He'll take on the unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale at The O2 in London, where Joshua returns for the first time since his resounding second-round win over Charles Martin to claim the IBF heavyweight world title in April.

It has been a rapid rise to the top for Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

Talking about Wilder, Joshua says: "An inspirational person, he waited 30 fights and I'm following suit".

"He has gained confidence as a professional, as an amateur he wasn't knocking people out and this is a completely different game so I think he will do better as a professional", said Joshua. "I need some time off".

Another devastating left-right combination, similar to those that stopped many of his 16 previous opponents, so heavily sent Breazeale to the canvas it appeared the fight may be immediately over.

Joshua took his record to 17-0, all by knockout.

But Joshua's next fight is likely to be against New Zealand's Joseph Parker, who is his mandatory challenger, while a fight against fellow Briton Tyson Fury has now been cast into doubt.

Joshua said: "I'd love to get in there and dance around the ring so I don't get hit". (WBC champion Deontay) Wilder, Fury, Haye, (I'd fight) any one of them, and they all want me'. "But now it's time to get some rest and recharge my batteries".

Joshua looked relaxed and, despite his height disadvantage, when the two men stripped down to ther shorts and took to the centre of the ring it was the Brit who looked bigger. After the Martin fight (when Joshua won the title) because of the commercial deals, it's been non-stop: "broadcasters, sponsors.... the one worry for this fight was burnout".

That's the tip in Joshua's first defense of the IBF belt that Tyson Fury was stripped of.

'(Fury's ankle) injury has kind of made the decision for us.

"I've got to stop looking at it as pressure and embrace it", Joshua said.

Explaining the rationale behind that agreement, Hearn told IBTimes UK: "Obviously it's important to us to make sure that we get him some American exposure".

"Well, it's hard because you can see they're hurt with every shot - well not every shot - but when you start catching them flush, they can feel the shots with these ten ounce gloves on".


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