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AJ's opponent shortlist. Who are they?

In a bid to raise Anthony Joshua’s profile in America, Eddie Hearne has produced a shortlist of three US-based fighters for AJ’s first title defence, and they’re no mugs. Here’s what you need to know… 

Bermane Stiverne ()


Bermane Stiverne, (25-2-1) 21KOs

– Haitian Canadian born November 1, 1978

– Orthodox stance

– Height: 6’ 2”

– Reach: 77”

– Beat Robert Helenius on points in the amateurs and KO’d David Price

– Has a mean left-hook

– Won his first 12 fights by KO

– Has been KO’d once in his career

– When Vitali Klitschko vacated his title, Stiverne was the mandatory challenger and was signed to fight Chris Arreola for the vacant WBC heavyweight title

– Stiverne had already beaten Arreola on points in his previous fight and went on to win by TKO in the sixth to claim the title

– Stiverne’s reign was short-lived as he lost the title on points in his very next fight to current champion Deontay Wilder   

– Last fight was a win by unanimous decision over Derric Rossy


Dominic Brezeale vs. Mansour ()


Dominic Breazeale, (17-0-0) 15KOs

– American born August 24, 1985

– Orthodox stance

– Height: 6’ 7”

– Reach: 81.5”

– Was USA’s number one heavyweight in the amateurs

– Lost in first round of the Olympics to Magomed Omarov

– Currently undefeated as a professional

– In his last fight, Brezeale beat Amir Mansour for the WBC Continental Americas title through strange circumstances. Brezeale was behind on the score cards and had been knocked down in the third round. But Mansour accidentally bit his tongue almost in half, and with his nose blocked he was struggling to breath. He gave up on his stool in round five

– He may have a slight height advantage over Joshua, but Brezeale’s fight with Mansour showed he can be outboxed and can be hurt


Eric Molina vs. Zumbano Love ()


Éric Molina, (25-3-0) 19KOs

– Mexican American born April 26, 1982

– Orthodox stance

– Height: 6’ 4”

– Reach: 79”

– Won the vacant WBC USNBC heavyweight title by beating Warren Browning with a third round stoppage

– Lost the title in his following fight when he was KO’d in the first round by Chris Arreola

– Challenged and troubled reigning champ Deontay Wilder but was stopped in the 10th round

– Last fight was an impressive KO victory over Thomasz Adamek for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title



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