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Summary

  1. Anthony Joshua knocks out Dominic Breazeale in round seven
  2. Retains IBF world heavyweight title
  3. George Groves beats Martin Murray on points
  4. Chris Eubank Jr among earlier winners

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Nate Williams

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

And that concludes tonight's live commentary. We promised a great night of boxing, and that's just what it was.

There were victories for Anthony Ogogo (middleweight), Dillian Whyte (heavyweight) and Chris Eubank Jr (British middleweight title). George Groves kept his hopes of winning a world title alive with an impressive performance at super-middleweight to defeat Martin Murray.

Then, the main event, and it did not disappoint. Anthony Joshua produced a dominant performance, but had to wait until the seventh round until he finally got rid of brave and gallant American Dominic Breazeale to successfully retain his IBF heavyweight belt.

As always, thank you for all your interactions and comments. Until next time, bye for now.

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Jamie Moore backstage with AJ

Former European super-welterweight champion Jamie Moore posts a great picture on Twitter.

My team with the champ @anthonyfjoshua 👌

My team with the champ @anthonyfjoshua 👌

Joshua knocks out Breazeale in London

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Read Ben Dirs' fight report as Anthony Joshua retains his IBF world heavyweight title with a seventh-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale at London's 02 Arena.

Lennox Lewis congratulates the champ

Big up to @anthonyfjoshua on a solid win. Looked great with jab, speed, power and patience! #JoshuaBreazeale Well Done! 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

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Anthony Joshua knocks out Dominic Breazeale

Jake: Anthony Joshua is a monster.

Paul Kiernan: That was a boxing masterclass from Anthony Joshua.

What's next for Joshua?

Anthony Joshua knocks out Dominic Breazeale in round seven

After his explosive seventh round knockout of Dominic Breazeale, Anthony Joshua was asked about his next opponent. 

Fighters like WBC world champion Deontay Wilder, WBA and WBO champion Tyson Fury, Hughie Fury and Joshua's IBF mandatory, Joseph Parker from New Zealand, were mentioned when he spoke to Sky Sports. 

Talking about Wilder, Joshua says: "An inspirational person, he waited 30 fights and I'm following suit. One day we will get to experience what each other's about. 

He said: "I was looking at the Furys (Tyson or Hughie), either one of them, for the winter but unfortunately (Tyson) Fury got injured. In the meantime we'll look at people like Joseph Parker. But now it's time to get some rest and recharge my batteries."

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The champ talks...

Time to hear from Anthony Joshua, following his successful first defence of his IBF heavyweight world title.

Where next champ?

So, what next for Anthony Joshua? There has been talk of an IBF mandatory defence sometime this year against New Zealand born Joseph Parker.

The 24-year-old, who has won all 19 of his fights, including 16 inside the distance, is based in Las Vegas, so could we see Joshua on his travels? Well, he is the champion so he has absolutely no need to leave London, but money often talks in boxing. You just never know.

However, that fight is reliant on Parker getting through a fight with Solomon Haumono in July.

Other options? Well David Haye, ranked third in the IBF rankings, is certainly keen. That one may have to wait a while, but again this is a very difficult sport to predict.

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Mehdi Syed: Anthony Joshua truly becoming a formidable boxer, the man to lead boxing into a new era.

David Brownlie: Magnificent performance @anthonyfjoshua. Worthy of the championship defence. Joshua was not messing around. Breazeale turned up the heat and Joshua unleashed an inferno. Brilliant.

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Breazeale makes a name for himself

Dominic Breazeale took some punishment. Change that, he took loads and loads of punishment. But it is job done for Anthony Joshua.

At no stage did he ever look in trouble. Not many people, especially in Britain, were too familiar with Breazeale before this fight and many wrote him off completely.

But the spirit he showed was absolutely fantastic. The American was outclassed from the first minute, but the guts and character he showed highlights everything that boxing is all about.

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BreakingJoshua wins with a seventh round knockout

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Dominic Breazeale gets up, but it is a brutal finish from Anthony Joshua. He lands eight unanswered blows and Breazeale has no choice but to crumple on to the floor. Referee Howard Foster does not even count this time. He could have counted to 50.

Breazeale down

In the early seconds of the seventh, Breazeale actually catches Joshua with a left hook. The Brit immediately responds with an onslaught and a blur of punches. Breazeale falls to the canvas.

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Round 6: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Once again, an overhand right from Joshua rocks Breazeale's head back. The American is going to have one hell of a headache later on.

Faultless from Joshua so far through six rounds, but he has never seen any opponent take so much punishment and still be standing.

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David Bownlie: Time to finish it now @anthonyfjoshua. Breazeale looking for the one hit wonder punch desperately.

 Adam Rawraway: This complete dominance from #Joshua writes the script for #Breazeale to knock him out

 Keysa: This Dominic Breazeale has done well to last till the 6th round.

Round five: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

A tiny chink of success for Dominic Breazeale with three punches to the body of Joshua. But Breazeale, who now has heavy swelling under his right eye, still does not do enough to win the round.

But full marks for his guts, heart and determination. Not many people expected it to still be going on. Joshua still cannot afford to be careless. One punch changes everything.

Anthony Joshua
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'Breazeale tremendous, Joshua frustrated'

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Ben Dirs

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"Breazeale looked like he might be toast in the second but he's demonstrated tremendous gameness to make it to the fifth. Signs Joshua is getting frustrated but I still expect him to get it done before the final bell."

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Round five: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Right-left-right and there is no let up from Anthony Joshua. Another left, this time on the counter, momentarily rocks the American back on to his heels.

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Former GB track athlete Darren Campbell

Best I've seen @anthonyfjoshua look, fair play to breazeale, he is game!!

Round 4: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

How does Breazeale get himself back into this one? At the moment it is all about survival.

His legs have looked unsteady at times, especially the second round, but he has not gone down yet.

His accuracy is still not the best, but he is still in, still trying to land. He certainly has not given up. Tough, committed and durable for the American. However, he has also fought four rounds, and lost four rounds.

But this is heavyweight boxing. All it takes is one shot.

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Peter Fury, trainer of Tyson Fury, on Twitter...

Keep Joshua well away from David Haye!!

Round 3

Breazeale pinned up against the ropes, there is swelling under his right eye. Maybe he does not have the skills, but he certainly has some guts. Joshua is completely dominant, but will he make a careless mistake?

A quick left counter hits Breazeale on the chin as the American makes a late attempt to land something.

This is Joshua's 17th professional fight and only the second time he has seen round four.

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Round 3

We are into round three and it has been all Joshua. Huge credit to Breazeale for still being in there though. Not many would have survived that second round. The American is getting some plaudits, but, unfortunately for him, also a beating.

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Round 2: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Joshua attacks. The American in huge trouble after a crushing right uppercut saw his legs let him down. He wobbles, and somehow stays on his feet when many would have crumbled. Amazingly, we are still going.

Anthony Joshua
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Round 2: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Breazeale is already in trouble. He is trying to block, but Joshua is too fast, the threat is coming from everywhere, from all angles.

Anthony Joshua
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Round 1: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Nothing from Breazeale in the opener as the American has to soak up a couple of powerful shots to the head in the opening round, including a fast, sweet left hook.

Nevertheless, the American is able to swing back, although unsuccessfully and off balance.

Anthony Joshua
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Manchester United and England midfielder Ashley Young..

Come on @anthonyfjoshua 🤘🏾

Round 1: Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

A left hook that just misses Breazeale's face within seconds and it is a bright start for the Briton. The American looks off the pace, already, inside the opening minute. He looks easy to hit. And that is great news for Joshua.

We're ready

What a reception for Joshua. Not many of his fights last long. Only one of 16 has gone past three rounds. Can Breazeale cause a huge, huge surprise?

Time to go.

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Rob Elmore: I can confidently say that Anthony Joshua will go his whole career unbeaten.   

Let's get ready to rumbllllleeeeeeee

"For the thousands in attendance and the millions around the world, let's get ready to rumblllllleeeeeeee," screams the excited Michael Buffer.

Now you know it is a big occasion when that happens.

Head to Head

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale
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Tale of the Tape

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale
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Time to silence the crowd?

A bit of grime, or should that be grim, as an Anthony Joshua-inspired rap accompanies his walk to the ring.

Also worth noting the huge response from the London crowd when they saw their man.

Can Breazeale silence the capacity crowd?

'I am world champion and it is staying that way'

'California Love', and a few boos, greets American Dominic Breazeale as he strolls to the ring.

And how, it is the champion's turn.

A video montage appears on the screens with Anthony Joshua talking.

"It is time to come to my house, to the lion's den. I am world champion and it is staying that way," says Joshua.

Intimidating? Just a bit.

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I want to fight AJ - David Haye

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

If not Wilder, then who? Well, don't forget about David Haye.

Former WBA world heavyweight champion Haye is in the commentary booth for the fight tonight and it didn't take him long to put his name in the mix as a possible future opponent for Joshua. 

Speaking to Sky Sports Haye said: "I crave the big fights and it doesn't get any bigger than AJ. 

"He's doing everything right with 16 wins and 16 knockouts but I respect him. I've been a fan since he won gold at the Olympics. He's got a big following in Britain and there's big things ahead with him as a champion."

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Wilder waits and watches

Who comes next for the winner tonight? Well, one potential opponent is a world title unification against another unbeaten American - Deontay Wilder.

He defends his WBC heavyweight title against compatriot Chris Arreola on 16 July, but will be commentating for American television tonight and is expecting a tough contest.

"I definitely see the fight as a 50-50,” said Wilder. “You’ve got two big heavyweights, and the challenger wants what the champion has, and the champion wants to keep what he has.

“We’ve seen Breazeale in a lot of wars - he’s almost been taken out by some of the smaller heavyweights, he’s been punched around, but he has always survived and he really wants it.

"Joshua has also been busted up as well, but he has kept his composure, and this fight is in his backyard among his people."

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Luke Campbell predicts PAIN

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale

Anthony Joshua's former Great Britain team-mate and Olympic champion Luke Campbell has weighed in with his prediction...

And like Mr. T said as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, he predicts a painful ending. 

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Good luck to my bro big @anthonyfjoshua tonight. #BeastMode my prediction.... (clubber lang voice) PPAAIINN 😂 👊

However, Clubber Lang, after that bold prediction, did go on to lose his second fight with Rocky Balboa, so you never know.

Watch out for an Ali shuffle from AJ

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at O2 Arena

"In Muhammad Ali's 17th pro fight, he knocked out a 30-year-old former American footballer from California called Charlie Powell. Breazeale is also 30, also a former American footballer and also from California. 

"Powell fell in three, just as Ali predicted, and not many expect Breazeale to last longer. And watch out for an Ali shuffle from Joshua, he said last week he might do one in tribute."

Joshua's had it easy - Breazeale

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Brezeale

Anthony Joshua v Dominic Breazeale
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In the build-up to the fight, American fighter Dominic Breazeale down-played Joshua's opponents, particularly Breazeale's compatriot Charles Martin, who Joshua beat to win the IBF title in April. 

Breazeale, nicknamed Trouble, says he hasn't come to "lie down" like Charles Martin did. 

"I think he's had it easy so far. He's got rid of a lot of his guys in the earlier rounds," added the 30-year-old American. 

"But he hasn't been taken into deep waters. Do I want to see him go into uncharted territory? Of course, without a doubt. I plan on putting on some extreme pressure and taking Joshua to places he's never been. He's in for some trouble." 

In the dressing room ...

Joshua stands in front of a picture of the O2. The arena has become a second home to the champ, this will be his seventh fight here and is of course the venue where he won his IBF world heavyweight belt in April. 

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