Anthony Joshua and Dominic Breazeale came face to face ahead of their scheduled engagement for the IBF heavyweight title on the other side of London.
Joshua now holds the IBF heavyweight title after defeating Charles Martin last month, and as of Wednesday, he is one of the faces of Showtime Boxing. The network and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced a multi-fight deal for the heavyweight titleholder, keeping him on the American network for the foreseeable future.”I’ve had no time. It’s been three weeks. It was nice for my family. My Mom telling everyone who her son is, it was nice to see her enjoy the fruits of labor, but for me? It was back to working on the next project, which is why we’re here now,” said Joshua. The 26-year old has become a pay-per-view and boxing office draw in the United Kingdom, which enticed Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza, who in his own words “is usually opposed” to multi-fight deals, to sign him to one anyway. “I didn’t know too much about (Showtime) or the network in America,” said Joshua, who said he was unaware of the details of the negotiations as he was focused on training. “At first I was a bit surprised, because I didn’t understand the capacity of it, but now I’m going to start learning about how to build things in America”.
Joshua took exception to Breazeale’s attempts to intimidate him when they went face-to-face for the first time before their June 25 meeting at the O2, when the Londoner will defend the belt he won from Charles Martin last month.”There was some elbow jostling,’ Joshua said. “It was handbag wars. I’m a respectful person so I shook his hand but when I went to walk off he was still there looking at me. I thought, “Is this guy being serious?”I said to him, “What is your problem? Don’t be here breathing heavy and staring me down and stuff because it’s not worth your time”. You shouldn’t get into that. In the ring it’s a different story. It’s not worth wasting energy beforehand”.
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On the possibility of Joshua fighting Tyson Fury, his promoter Eddie Hearn says “‘I’ve already spoken to Peter Fury (Fury’ s trainer) last week. He runs the shop for Tyson Fury and makes all the decisions.We’ve talked about the deal and the structure of the deal already, so we’ve just got to keep winning. Tyson Fury wants the big fights, the big pay days and we want those belts.If it’s not November then 100 per cent next spring or summer”.
A fight between British heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will definately be the biggest fight in British boxing history if it were to happen.