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Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale Tips and Betting Offers, Saturday 25th June 2016

Anthony Joshua faces the first defence of his IBF heavyweight title on Saturday night against American Dominic Breazeale. The unbeaten challenger looks tough on paper with a perfect record from 17 bouts, but the bookies don’t rate him. Joshua is 1/33 with Sky Bet to win this one. Is there any way that Breazeale can cause an upset here?

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Joshua v Breazeale Betting Tips

  • Anthony Joshua to win in rounds one or two at 10/11 with Ladbrokes
  • Under 2.5 rounds at evens with Ladbrokes

Breazeale is a massive 12/1 shot with Bet365 here, he’s clearly not fancied to make much of an impact on the Watford fighter. His record so far isn’t impressing many in the know, especially when you compare the early careers of the two fighters. They both competed at the London Olympics, with Breazeale losing in the first round and Joshua taking home the gold.

This is a huge step for both men, but many expected Joshua to go a lot further. Their careers are just four years old, so they’ve obviously made a meteoric rise. Having said that, Joshua has just clinched a world title and this didn’t seem like the follow up he deserved. He was linked with bouts against Tyson Fury or David Haye, but he’s got a much smaller name to take care of now as his managers seek to keep on with the slow and steady policy.

Breazeale not the real deal

Breazeale will see this as a huge opportunity himself, but it’s also a huge step up, taking on a fighter who has been ahead of him for years. While the American may be four years older, he doesn’t have an experience advantage. He’s also facing his first fight outside of the US, with the crowd firmly behind Joshua.

Part of the reason why Breazeale is so unfancied comes more from his performances and the calibre of the opposition than results. He may have won 17 out of 17, but that record has been a close run thing of late. He struggled against Fred Kassi last year, and Amir Mansour almost beat him last time out. Those aren’t fighters that match up to Joshua, which makes this a mismatch.

Early Finish

Joshua is chasing a 17th straight win here, and so far he’s not bided his time in the ring. On all but three occasions he’s ended things within two rounds. Only one of his 16 professional fights has ever lasted longer than three rounds. That’s why we’re backing a quick and easy win for the favourite. Given his record, we expect this one to be done very early on – boxers don’t get paid by the hour!

Ladbrokes have 10/11 on Joshua to win in the first two rounds, while they have under 2.5 rounds priced at evens. Those two look like the best method of getting value out of this match.

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There’s no case for the upset, so the best priced options are to go with form, and back Joshua to have an early night with bigger tests to come.