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Eubank wants Golovkin; Joshua defeats Breazeale

Chris Eubank Jr. underlined his desire to face World Middleweight ruler Gennady Golovkin after outclassing Chris Doran inside four rounds in the first defence of his British Middleweight title at The O2, live on Sky Sports.

Eubank Jr put on the masterclass that he promised pre-fight under the Dome in Greenwich, pouring on pressure from the opening bell that proved too much for the dangerous Welshman.

Doran gave as good as he got in the first couple of rounds and enjoyed success in the third before he hit the canvas for the first time in the third round after succumbing to a barrage of shots from the champion.

The Connahs Quay man bravely saw out the round but Eubank Jr. smelt blood and went to the body to put Doran down again. Gasping for air, he gamely rose to fight on but Eubank Jr. floored him once more with a fiendish uppercut and the third knockdown of the fourth round from a body shot spelt the end.

“It’s all about making statements and I feel like I’ll be challenging for World titles soon,” said Eubank Jr. “Golovkin, I’m coming for you, I’m coming for your belts. People think you’re indestructible, you’re not. If it’s not him then I want Billy Joe Saunders – anyone with a World title out there I’m coming for them.

“I’m a fighter, I’m a fighters’ fighter, I want to fight the best and become the best. This fight tonight against Tom Doran didn’t excite me. I went in there, it’s another day at the office. I want the big names.

“I’m here, I train like an absolute animal. It’s about hard work and dedication – I’m ready to go.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Golovkin is ready to accept the fight, we’ll talk this week and hopefully it gets made. Chris wants to fight him and I believe it could well get made this week.

Chris Eubank Sr. added: “To beat Golovkin you need fearlessness, which he already has. Golovkin should actually discover, he should be watching this man.”

JOSHUA STOPS BRAVE BREAZEALE IN SEVEN

Anthony Joshua MBE defended his IBF World Heavyweight title in style in seven rounds against the tough Dominic Breazeale at The O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua was the boss from the opening round of his first defence the unbeaten American challenger was rocked hard and often by the champion but stayed resolute despite a badly swollen right eye.

Breazeale took Joshua past halfway for only the second time in 17 fights, but Joshua shifted through the gears in the seventh round, pounding the visitor to the floor for the first time in the contest halfway through the round. The Californian gamely rose to his feet but Joshua jumped on him and put him down again to end the contest after 1.01 of the seventh.

Joshua will now take some time off before coming back at the end of the year, and the Olympic gold medal hero was happy to have got the job done after revealing his training camp had been hampered by a virus.

“I’ll take a little break now,” said Joshua. “I only had two weeks off after the last one and was straight back in there. Now I’ll take a bit more time off and come back really fresh later in the year.

“It’s hard because you can see you hurt them with the shots, but you have to keep disciplined and keep your focus, because you don’t want to have hayemakers coming back to you. So I took my time and broke him down gradually, but I felt good and we worked on a few things in there, so it’s good for the future.

“I hope Tyson Fury gets better soon with the ankle. I would have liked that fight in winter, but there’s lots of guys out there like my mandatory Joseph Parker – I think my winter fight will be a big one.”


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