They may have met at London’s O2 Arena just three years ago, but that hasn’t stopped America’s Dominic Breazeale calling out Anthony Joshua for a potential re-match – especially if he defeats his next opponent.

Breazeale faces Deontay Wilder at New York’s Barclay’s Center on May 18; meanwhile, AJ faces Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in a defense of his belts at Madison Square Garden, for his debut bout in the USA on June 1. You can find all the latest Joshua v Ruiz Jr odds on Betfair.

The previous

The two met at the O2 back on June 25th, 2016 and while Breazeale became only the second boxer (at the time) to take AJ further than three rounds, the American lost in the seventh round, extending Joshua’s winning streak to 17 – all by knockout. The Watford-born boxer retained his IBF Heavyweight title in the process.

The bout began tentatively from both sides, with AJ landing the first punch in round one, but in the following round, Joshua upped his game. Despite leaving his opponent on the ropes, Breazeale lasted the round. The next rounds saw Joshua dominant, but not able to knockout his opponent, while eventually, Breazeale hit back with a couple of punches. Round seven saw AJ land a three-punch combination, followed by a flurry of hits – Breazeale went down and stayed down.

The talk

In the lead-up to his bout against Wilder, Breazeale had vowed to knock him out within three rounds, in order to set-up a re-match against Joshua. Since his defeat to AJ in 2016, the Californian-born star has gone on to win his three matches since and has sent up a big message to his next opponent: “It’s not if, it’s when I beat Wilder,” Breazeale told Sky Sports. “When I beat Wilder, I definitely will love to unify the titles against AJ.

“I’ve understood for the last two-and-a-half years, almost three years since I fought AJ in the summer of 2016 that [beating Wilder] was the only way to get back to him,” said Breazeale. “It was only way to get back to a rematch with AJ.

“AJ has no reason to come down to me and fight me. If I’ve got a belt that he wants, he’s definitely gonna fight me for it. So, a unification and undisputed championship belt is definitely on the horizon.”

Talking about his upcoming bout, Breazeale said: “It’s definitely going to end in a knockout, I can’t tell you the round because I plan on doing different things in different rounds. My wife’s favourite number is three, I told her I’m going to get him out of there before three but I’m definitely not let it go past three”.

The outcome

AJ hasn’t spoken about the potential re-match, as he gears up to retain his belts – but it all depends on the outcome of May’s bout. If underdog Breazeale can cause an upset at the weekend, there shouldn’t be any reason why a re-match can’t be organised.

However, the fight most boxing fans want to see is AJ v Wilder, which has been brought up in the past. According to the American, the fight could well happen later this year, so watch this space.



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