Nigerian-Born Anthony Joshua Knockouts Dominic Breazeale in the Seventh to Defend his Heavyweight Title (PHOTOS)

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Nigerian-born British star Anthony Joshua successfully defended his IBF heavyweight title with a spectacular seventh-round knockout win over American Dominic Breazeale.

It was a dominant title defence for IBF champion Joshua at the O2 Arena, forcing referee Howard Foster to wave off the fight after a vicious left hook dropped Breazeale in the seventh.

To his credit, Breazeale bravely extended Joshua past the halfway mark for only the second time in his career, but the 26-year-old drew on his concussive power to bring the night to an end.

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Joshua’s hand speed was on show from the first bell as he sent out searing right hands, staggering the challenger with a three-punch combination, and a big left hook in the second, and picking up in the third with devastating jabs.

The tough Californian showed his string chin all through and even enjoyed a rare moment of success in the fifth, landing a right hand of his own before the two fighters engaged in a face-off at the bell.

Joshua’s nose was even bloodied in the sixth, with Breazeale threatening to last longer than any of his previous opponents, but this prompted a ferocious response in the seventh.

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With Breazeale backing to the ropes, Joshua unloaded a barrage of heavy artillery that sent his rambunctious opponent toppling onto his front.

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