Deontay Wilder sees Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale as a ’50-50′ fight

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Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder holds one of the four championship belts, and he’d love to get the rest of them. That means he’ll be an interested observer Saturday when Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) defends his title against Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Alhambra at O2 Arena in Joshua’s native England.

Wilder this week gave his thoughts on that fight, which be televised at 2:15 p.m. (Pacific time) on Showtime.

“I definitely see the fight as a 50-50,” said Wilder, who July 16 will defend his title against Chris Arreola of Riverside at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox). “You’ve got two big heavyweights, and the challenger wants what the champion has, and the champion wants to keep what he has.

“It’s going to be interesting because we’ve seen Breazeale in a lot of wars. He’s almost been taken out by some of the smaller heavyweights. He’s been punched around, but he has always survived.  We’ve seen Joshua (get) busted up as well, but he has kept his composure, and this fight is in his backyard amongst his people.”

It sounded like Wilder won’t be surprised if Breazeale emerges victorious because, “I think he really wants it.”

 

 

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Dominic Breazeale pulls no punches when asked for prediction for fight with heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua

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Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of England and contender Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra on Monday played host to a conference call promoting their title fight Saturday at O2 Arena in London (on Showtime).

Joshua fielded questions first, then Breazeale. At the end, Breazeale was asked for a prediction. The former Division I college quarterback (Northern Colorado) pulled no punches.

“Knockout,” Breazeale said. “I keep telling you guys, man. Six, seven rounds, I’m knocking Anthony Joshua out.”

Breazeale, 30, is 17-0 with 15 knockouts. Joshua, 26, is 16-0 with 16 knockouts. He won the title with a second-round knockout of Charles Martin of St. Louis this past April at O2 Arena.

 

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Dominic Breazeale, on June 25 challenge to heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua: ‘Whoever lands first is going to win’

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Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is 17-0 with 15 knockouts. Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of England is 16-0 with 16 knockouts.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that their June 25 bout likely won’t go the distance.

“We’re two knockout artists, so whoever lands first is going to win,” Breazeale said Thursday after arriving in London, where he will challenge Joshua for his title at O2 Arena (on Showtime); Joshua grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire, about 17 miles from central London.

Breazeale, 30, intimated that as soon as he sees fit, he is going to attack Joshua with gusto.

“I am an opportunist and if I see an opportunity, I am going to take advantage of it,” said Breazeale, who boxed for Team USA in the 2012 London Games. “If he exposes something or shows a weakness of some sort, I plan to take advantage of it.”

 

 

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Heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale inspired by Muhammad Ali

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Heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is only 30, so he was too young to see Muhammad Ali fight. But that didn’t stop Breazeale from knowing a lot about Ali, who died June 3 and was laid to rest Friday in his native Louisville, Ky.

Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) spoke about Ali during a workout Tuesday in Ontario.

“Muhammad Ali was a huge inspiration,” said Breazeale, who will challenge Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) of England for his world title June 25 at O2 Arena in London (on Showtime). “Heavy hearts when great ones pass away like that. He was a wonderful man. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I did meet some of his kids, Layla Ali being one of them.
“Ali was a very inspirational type of individual. You go back and watch some of his fights; I was way too young to see him fight in his prime, but I’ve seen the recordings and seen the video footage. Everyone says he did everything wrong, but everything right. It’s just phenomenal.”

 

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Deontay Wilder stops Duhaupas in 11th, Dominic Breazeale wins decision

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Deontay Wilder on Saturday evening defended his heavyweight world title for the second time by stopping Johann Duhaupas of France in the 11th round at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The bout was stopped by referee Jack Reiss at 55 seconds.

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made his first defense in Birmingham as well, when he knocked out Eric Molina in the ninth round in June at Bartow Arena.

Wilder is now 35-0 with 34 knockouts. The only fighter he hasn’t knocked out as a pro is Bermane Stiverne, from whom Wilder took the title with a unanimous decision in January in Las Vegas.

Wilder was winning by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 at the time of the stoppage. There was heavy swelling under Wilder’s left eye, but he dominated and really beat up Duhaupas.

Also on the NBC-televised card, heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is now 16-0 after winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Fred Kassi in the semi-main event. Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, won by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 100-90.

 

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Dominic Breazeale stops Cuban Yasmany Consuegra in third round

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Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale wanted to display his wares in front of a lot of people. He got his wish Saturday, and the endeavor was a success.

Breazeale figured to be in his toughest fight since turning pro in 2012 when he squared off with Yasmany Consuegra of Cuba in the semi-main event underneath the Robert Guerrero-Aron Martinez main event at StubHub Center. Consuegra dominated the first round and most of the second before being decked very late in the second with a shot to the top of the head.

Breazeale floored Consuegra two more times in the third with clubbing punches to the head. Breazeale yelled at Consuegra to, “Get up, get up.” Consuegra (17-1) did, but referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved off the bout at 1:49, Breazeale getting credit for a third-round TKO.

Breazeale (15-0, 14 KOs) is a 2012 U.S. Olympian out of Alhambra.

“I knew I had the opportunity with millions of people watching on NBC to make a statement, and I believe I made a statement,” said Breazeale, 29. “I knew he was very badly hurt at the end of the second round and I was surprised he came out for the third.”

Breazeale was asked why he was yelling at Consuegra to “get up.”

“Wasn’t done with him,” he said. “Just barely got started. I wanted to ice him.”

Guerrero (33-3-1) won a 10-round split-decision over Martinez (19-4-1).

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Alhambra heavyweight Dominic Breazeale set for Yasmany Consuegra

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Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is 14-0 with 13 knockouts since turning pro in November 2012 after competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. But Breazeale has not fought anyone of note.

Breazeale on Saturday will face what figures to be his toughest opponent when he squares off with Yasmany Consuegra of Miami via Cuba in a daytime card at StubHub Center (on NBC). Consuegra is 17-0 with 14 knockouts.

Breazeale, 29, is looking forward to the challenge.

“Definitely toughest competition to date thus far,” he said. “Definitely. Yasmany is 17-0, 14 KOs.  One of those guys that steps in the ring with a ton of confidence.  We’re both undefeated fighters and I was extremely excited when I got the call.  … It’s a great setting, a great way to have a stepping-stone to the next level.  I want to be considered the top heavyweight and I guess you’ve got to fight top guys to get there.”

 

 

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Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra gets 11th KO in 12 fights

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Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra on Saturday ran his record to 12-0 with 11 knockouts when he knocked out Billy Zumbrun (27-13-1) at 2:05 of the second round Saturday in a preliminary bout at StubHub Center in Carson.

Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, decked Zumbrun twice in the first round. Breazeale is 28. Zumbrun, of Ogden, Utah, is 41.

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Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra ready for Nagy Aguilera

Heavyweight prospect Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale of Alhambra on Thursday night will go for his 10th consecutive victory without a loss since turning pro in November 2012, just months after he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Breazeale, who has won all of his pro fights by knockout, figures to be in his toughest fight when he squares off with Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).

“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m truly excited to be in the ring with an experienced fighter,” said Breazeale, 28. “This fight is almost six months overdue and I’m ready to make the most of this opportunity.”

Breazeale, who is 6-foot-7 1/2, is trained by John Bray, who is equally stoked about Breazeale stepping up in competition.

“I believe Nagy Aguilera is going to put Dominic Breazeale in a position where he will have to showcase all of his skills and he is definitely prepared to do so,” Bray said.

 

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Julian Ramirez, Dominic Breazeale on the undercard Jan. 24 on Fox Sports 1

Dynamic featherweight Julian Ramirez of Pasadena and heavyweight Dominic Breazeale – a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Alhambra – will fight on the Jan. 24 Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).

Ramirez (9-0, 6 KOs), a real whirlwind in the ring, will square off against Derrick Wilson (10-5-2, 3 KOs) of Fort Myers, Fla., in the eight-round co-feature.

Breazeale (8-0, 8 KOs) will go against Homero Fonseca (10-6-3, 3 KOs) of Driscoll, Texas. It is also scheduled for eight rounds.

Undefeated junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs) of San Diego will take on Miguel Angel Huerta (27-11-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico in the 10-round main event.

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