Showtime’s VP predicts Wilder vs. Joshua within 12 to 18 months

Image: Showtime’s VP predicts Wilder vs. Joshua within 12 to 18 monthsBy Scott Gilfoid: Showtime executive vice president of sports Stephen Espinoza believes they’ll be putting on a fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) and IBF champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) by next year in 2017. Espinoza thinks the Wilder vs. Joshua fight can take place in the United States in New York or Las Vegas.

Even if one of the two are beaten, Espinoza still thinks the fight is possible. Showtime signed the 26-year-old Joshua to a multi-fight agreement recently to have his fights piped in from England to the United States.

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Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua now possible with AJ’s Showtime contract

1-deontay-wilder (12)By Jeff Aranow: Last week, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) and his promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that they had signed a multi-fight deal with Showtime Sports to have his fights televised in the United States.

The signing by Showtime looks to be a shrewd move to put them in a strong position to have a big future fight between Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), who is also signed with Showtime Sports.

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Anthony Joshua vs. Dominic Breazeale press conference quotes

BOXING(Credit: Matchroom Sport) LONDON (May 4, 2016) – Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua and unbeaten American challenger Dominic Breazeale had an intense face-to-face meeting on Wednesday before a contingent of major sports media outlets in London to formally announce their June 25 showdown. The two were joined by SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President & General Manager Stephen Espinoza and Matchroom Sports President Eddie Hearn, as the executives announced Joshua’s new exclusive U.S. television deal. All four participants later took part on a teleconference with U.S. media.

Highlights from today’s press conference at Hilton London Syon Park and teleconference are below.

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Breazeale: I have Joshua worried and flustered

joshua88776By Scott Gilfoid: Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) believes he won round one in his meeting with IBF heavyweight champion Antony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) today in London ahead of their fight next month on June 25. The two fighters had a couple of face offs, and during the first one, Joshua got upset at some of the things Breazeale said and with the way he was crowding him.

Breazeale noticed how flustered Joshua appeared, and he feels that the 6’6” fighter is scared because he now knows that he’s going to be in for a real dog fight on June 25 when the two of them face each other at the O2 Arena in London, England.

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Anthony Joshua gets agitated during face off with Breazeale

joshua81112by Scott Gilfoid: American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) had IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) about to blow his top earlier Wednesday during their face off in London to promote their June 25 fight on Sky Box Office at the O2 Arena in London.

The two fighters were posing for photographs when the friction started. They turned around and had a face off, and during this time, Breazeale had some words with the 6’6” Joshua that got him hopping made. In analyzing the two fighters body language, I think Joshua looked scared. He seemed unnerved completely with the words and the icy cool coming from the big 6’7” Breazeale.

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Shannon Briggs believes Anthony Joshua is the future of boxing

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By BT95: Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KO’s) is slated to face Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KO’s) on the May 21st David Haye undercard. Briggs who is no stranger to delivering vicious knockouts was left very impressed by the recent 2nd round knockout performance of Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s) against American heavyweight Charles Martin.

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Hearn thinks Joshua vs. Fury is possible for November

hearn736By Scott Gilfoid: Despite the out of shape IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) saying he’ll absolutely be retiring after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on July 9, he’s expected to continue his career and face IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in November or in 2017, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

Hearn spoke with Fury’s trainer Peter Fury and he was given assurances that Fury will be taking the fight with Joshua. This leads you to question why Fury has been flapping his gums so furiously about him not liking boxing anymore and wanting to retire from the sport. Is Fury just doing this to drive up interest in his July 9 rematch against Klitschko, or is he doing this to take the pressure off from himself to make it seem to the boxing public that he’s lost interest in boxing?

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Showtime signs Anthony Joshua to multi-fight deal

BOXINGBy Scott Gilfoid: Well, as I already predicted in my article yesterday, Showtime Sports has signed British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) to a multi-fight deal with their network. Showtime head honcho Stephen Espinoza made the announcement on Wednesday at the luxurious Hilton Syon Park in London.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn was present during the announcement, of course. The first fight of the multi-fight deal with Showtime for Joshua will be televised next month with Joshua defending his IBF heavyweight title against American Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The fight piped into the U.S in the afternoon on Showtime on that date, which probably means that the ratings won’t be as high as they would be if the fight were to be televised at night when there are fewer sports events taking place.

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Showtime Boxing Inks Anthony Joshua

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SHOWTIME Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive U.S. television partner of undefeated heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua. The announcement was made today at the Hilton Syon Park outside London by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports and Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Sports.

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Showtime and Anthony Joshua to make big announcement tomorrow

joshua54By Scott Gilfoid: Both Showtime and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will be making a big news announcement tomorrow [Wednesday] in a press conference. It’s expected that Showtime will announce that they’ve got a deal to pipe Joshua’s title fights from the UK into the United States.

I’m not sure if that’s a big deal though, if that’s what the announcement is going to be. Joshua is a foreign fighter and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be fighting in the U.S. like we’re seeing from other foreign fighters that have made it big over there like Manny Pacquiao and Gennady Golovkin.

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