Dillian Whyte possible for Joshua-Breazeale undercard

whyte555By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says heavyweight Dillian Whyte (16-1, 13 KOs) could be added to the June 25th undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale card at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Whyte, 28, is coming off shoulder surgery on his left shoulder from last December. He’ll be meeting with a doctor next week to determine whether his surgically repaired left shoulder will be ready by June 25th or not. That’s only two months away. Hearn didn’t say whether Whyte’s fight would be on the televised portion of the card on Sky Box Office PPV.

Hearn already has the super middleweight fight between George Groves and Martin Murray pegged as the co-feature bout despite the fact that both of these fighters were recently beaten in failed title fights. Hearn thinks that a fight between Groves and Murray could sellout the O2 Arena in it’s own.

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Joshua vs. Breazeale tickets sold out in just 30 minutes

anthny josuhua (7)By Scott Gilfoid: Tickets for IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s first defense of his title against American Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) sold out in an incredible 30 minutes earlier today for their clash on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The O2 has a seating capacity of 20,000 seats.

That’s a lot of tickets to be sold out so quickly for what amount to be a mismatch. The 6’7” Breazeale arguably isn’t even the 5th best heavyweight in the United States, and here is getting a world title shot.

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David Price wants Joshua fight later in 2016

price6666By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) feels his previous top 10 ranking with the International Boxing Federation should be reinstated after his last opponent Erkan Teper tested positive for a banned substance. Price, 33, was knocked out in two rounds by the hard-hitting Teper last July in a failed bid to win the EBU heavyweight title, and Price hasn’t fought since then.

At the time, Price was ranked #5 by the IBF. Price wants his old ranking back so that he can be in the running for a title shot against IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in late 2016. It’s hard to imagine Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn opting to match him against Price given the way he was blasted out by Teper.

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Breazeale: I’m going to ruin Joshua’s perfect record

Image: Breazeale: I’m going to ruin Joshua’s perfect recordBy Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #13 WBC Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) sees himself unseating undefeated IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) in two months from now in their fight on June 25 on Sky Box Office PPV from the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Breazeale was selected by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn likely due to his unbeaten record, him being an American, and because of his 2012 Olympic status from the U.S. Breazeale fought briefly in the Olympics but was eliminated right away in his first fight against a Russian opponent Magomed Omarov.

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Haye says Joshua is ready for Fury right now

joshua56666By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye is in the belief that IBF heavyweight belt holder Anthony Joshua (25-0, 18 KOs) can already face IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) right now and beat him. Haye notes that Fury is slow is on his feet and not agile to escape someone like Joshua. Haye says that Joshua beat Fury up in sparring in the past when Joshua was still an amateur.

We don’t know whether this was in fact true or not. This is more of a case of Fury complimenting Joshua after a sparring session and he may have gone a little bit overboard in slathering on the compliments. Of course, there’s also rumors that David Price took care of Joshua during a sparring session, so it’s hard to know what reality is when it comes to rumors.

“I think he’s ready for Tyson Fury right now. If you look at Fury’s style, he’s very loose and not very fast or agile,” said Haye via skysports.com.

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Rule Britannia? Part 1

anthny josuhua (10)By Adam Godfrey: It is easy to wax lyrical about British Boxing and its place in the world scene. Of the recognized World Championship belts, from Minimumweight to Heavyweight (but not including Interim Champions, Champions in Recess or ‘Regular’ champions where there is already a ‘Superchampion’, of which Britain only has one, Jamie McDonnell, who is WBA ‘Regular’ Bantamweight Champion), thirteen are held by a fighter who hails from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Americans hold seven; Mexicans hold eleven, Puerto Ricans hold four, another four belong to Filipinos and Cubans hold two. Therefore, of the main Boxing nations, Britain tops the World Championship table by two over second placed Mexico. However, there are myriad factors involved in determining how healthy a nation’s Boxing scene is, with the number of World Champions it boasts being only one of them.

For example, Mexico, while having fewer world champions representing it, currently counts the biggest PPV draw in the World amongst its ranks, in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Having just one fighter as popular as Canelo could arguably be considered as much of an advantage as having seven or eight lesser-known World Champions if it brings Boxing to the attention of a greater mass of people.

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Tyson Fury trashes Joshua over his selection of Breazeale for title defense

fury49By Scott Gilfoid: IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyron Fury let IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) have it today for him and his promoter Eddie Hearn selecting an easy mark for Joshua’s first title defense against fringe contender Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Fury sees the 6’7” Breazeale as little more than a bum, and he’s not impressed with the choice. Fury did not go into detail about what specifically he does not like about the 30-year-old American Breazeale, but it’s likely that Fury saw how bad Breazeale looked in his fights against Fred Kassi and Amir Mansour recently.

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Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale on June 25

1-Dominic Breazeale Media Workout_Valentin Romero _ Premier Boxing Champions3By Scott Gilfoid: Well, just as I was expecting, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will be making his first defense of his title against American fringe contender Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) in his next fight on June 25 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

The Joshua-Breazeale fight will be televised on Sky Box Office PPV to UK fans. As for the U.S, it’s unclear which of the cable giants, HBO or Showtime, the will be televised on. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is in negotiations to have a TV deal for Joshua put together with one of those two U.S cable companies.

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George Groves faces Martin Murray on Anthony Joshua card on 6/25

groves677By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #10 IBF George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) will be facing #9 WBC Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs) in a WBA super middleweight title eliminator on June 25 in the co-feature bout on the undercard of the title fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale on Sky Box Office PPV at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

The winner of the Groves-Murray fight will be the mandatory challenger to WBA 168lb champion Giovanni De Carolis. It’s interesting that Murray and Groves are able to skip over #2 WBA challenger Fedor Chudinov to fight in the WBA eliminator, especially given the reported positive drug test for the current WBA Super World super middleweight champion Felix Sturm in his fight against Chudinov last February.

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Tyson Fury needs to lose over 40lbs for Klitschko fight

fury67By Scott Gilfoid: IBO/WBA/WBA heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) is reportedly three stones (42lbs) overweight as he prepares for his July 9th rematch against the hard hitting 40-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.

Fury is confident that he’ll be able to burn the blubber off his pear-shaped body by the time the fight takes place in 11 weeks from now, but he might not be able to do it without draining himself. 11 weeks is like Marine Corp boot camp for Fury, and that’s an awful lot of weight to take off.

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