By Elliot Foster
Anthony Joshua took apart Dominic Breazeale to retain his world title.
The Watford-born heavyweight stopped the previously undefeated American, who is now 17-1, 15 KOs), inside seven rounds at the O2 Arena in London.
Joshua, in making his first successful defence of the IBF crown in front of a capacity crowd, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and Showtime in the States, advanced his still-unblemished professional ledger to 17-0 with all of his wins coming by way of knockout.
Breazeale, to his credit, soaked up a lot of early pressure from his fellow 2012 Olympian but class, speed and power were king in that ring and ultimately Joshua kept hold of his bauble in what was something of a one-sided showdown.
There was clear domination from the champion, despite the challenger, in the early stages, giving him something to think about by firing back with his own shots.
But as the fight wore on, the 26-year-old became more cool, calm and composed and eventually dispatched of his man, who hadn’t won a round preceding the finish, in devastating fashion, forcing referee Howard Foster to waive the count after 61 seconds of the round.