Fury says Joshua’s opponent Breazeale is “Another knock-over”
By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury doesn’t think too much of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s opponent 2012 U.S Olympian Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs), who he’ll be facing this Saturday night on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Fury sees the big 6’7” Breazeale as another one of Joshua’s soft touch opponents that is brought over to the UK so that he can bowl them over and look better than he actually is.
Fury doesn’t think it’s helping Joshua to be fighting stiffs one after another instead of talented fighters that can give him rounds and teach him things he’ll need to know when he starts facing the cream of the heavyweight division.
I agree that Joshua has mostly been fighting stumble bums since he turned pro in 2013, but I think Dillian Whyte was a good fighter if he wasn’t injured with a shoulder problem. A healthy Whyte would give Joshua and most of the other top heavyweights major problems. The problem is, Whyte took the fight with Joshua while dealing with a shoulder problem. I mean, how in the heck do you expect Whyte to give a good go of it with him dealing with an injured limb? It wasn’t even a fair fight.
“Another knock-over” said Fury about Breazeale via the dailymail. “They’re just big old lumps who can’t make it in basketball so they turn to boxing. But they’re not true fighters. They’re just doing it for the pay-cheque. They come over here and like Martin they’re looking for the canvas and go down from the first jab. They bank a few quid and go home. Happy days.”
Breazeale, 30, has a slight chance of winning the fight on Saturday if he can get to Joshua’s chin early in the fight before he starts with his arm punches. If Breazeale waits too long, Joshua will back him up against the ropes and will flurry on him until the referee stops the fight with Breazeale still standing there wondering what happened.
At least Breazeael is ahead of the game knowing that he can’t start slow. He realizes that the one constant in Joshua’s 16 fights is that his opponents come out fighting passively in round one, and he takes advantage of it by teeing off on the timid fighters to score knockouts that are a lot easier than they otherwise would be.
The knockouts would still be easy though because Joshua still hasn’t been fighting talented guys yet. His promoter Eddie Hearn is being very, very careful with the match-making he’s doing for him. Hearn has been smart in putting Joshua in with the easy guys that can’t test his stamina or his chin the way that Robert Cammarelle and Erislandy Savon both did in the Olympics in 2012.
“Knocking over bums may be good for Joshua and his promoter for the moment but it’s not good for him in the long run,” said Fury. “He should be boxing real fighters… men who can give him a few good rounds. With what he’s fighting Joshua is not a real champion,” said Fury.
Well, I do happen to agree with what Fury is saying about Joshua and knocking out bums. I mean, it definitely isn’t going to help him in the long run if all he’s going to be doing is fighting stiffs so he can pad his record. Joshua needs to start fighting the guys like Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz, Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev.
Instead of seeing that, we’re watching Joshua fight guys like Charles Martin and other less than stellar fighters. I’m not if it’s Joshua’s fault or his promoter Eddie Hearn. I think he’s the one that picks out the guys that Joshua fights. Of course, Joshua can read Hearn the riot act when he brings a stiff for him to fight.
Joshua doesn’t need to give the green light to these guys Hearn is putting in front of him. Joshua can always say ‘no’ to those choices, and insist that Hearn find him some good fighters that can give him a real test and possibly beat him. But then again, why would Joshua want to do that. he’s getting paid a heck of a lot of money to fight guys that are sure thing wins for him. If he fights someone good, it could mess up the situation he’s got right now and he would be back to square one.