Joshua Hopes Wilder Finishes Breazeale In Ninth

Anthony Joshua wants Deontay Wilder to win on Saturday May 18th against Dominic Breazeale.

The unified heavyweight champion wants nothing standing in the way of having Wilder be the man that Joshua faces to become undisputed world heavyweight champion.

And while Joshua wants to see Wilder drop the former football player to the canvas, the unified champion hopes it doesn’t come before the seventh round.

“Styles make fights, I think Wilder will fare well against Breazeale,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “I think Wilder is too quick, he’s a very, very fast heavyweight, but Breazeale is tough, took me seven rounds.”

“I hope Wilder does it in nine, so I can be like ‘hey I done it earlier’. You know how it is, comparisons and stuff, but yeah it will be interesting to see.

“You look at the small things, I look at the small details – when he’s getting tired, how many right hands he throws in a round. I look at something different, rather than comparisons to the rounds.”

Even with his support thrown to Wilder, Joshua does not look past at Breazeale’s toughness, which was on-display against the champion when they fought for the IBF title in 2016.

“When I looked at his interview after and I saw his face, I said wow you definitely took a beating, and he stayed in there,” said Joshua of Breazeale following his seventh round stoppage win.

“He got hurt in the second round, stumbled, stayed on his feet. Come game, it’s a world championship fight, that’s what I’m saying.

“Breazeale at the time, he may not have been Wladimir Klitschko, but he came and put up a fight.”

Report: Sky Sports

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