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Anthony Joshua Pumped For Anticipated Pro Debut

Anthony Joshua MBE says he’ll thrive under the pressure of making his professional debut live on Sky Sports on Saturday night at The O2 in London.

The Olympic Gold medal hero takes on unbeaten Italian Emanuele Leo (8-0) as part of the star-studded line-up with Scott Quigg’s WBA Super Bantamweight showdown with Yoandris Salinas, big fights for British stars Kevin Mitchell and Lee Selby and a second pro bout for his fellow Gold medal winner Luke Campbell MBE.

Joshua roared to victory at London 2012, handling the intense scrutiny of the being behind in his final showdown with Roberto Cammarelle with the last gold medal up for grabs, and the 23 year old says that experience will be invaluable as he looks to put on a show in his first taste of the paid ranks.

“I was lucky enough to be a part of the Olympics with the media attention all the way up to the Games, during the Games and beyond, so I'm used to being under the spotlight and I'm comfortable there,” said Joshua. “It feels less pressurised than the Olympics really, Leo is coming over with an 8-0 record and will want to spoil the party so it's going to be a tough first fight for me.

“I'm really proud to be making my debut on such a massive show – this really is the big time now. Leo has got in the ring eight times and won eight times so he knows what he is doing and he'll want to make that nine from nine. He'll be feeling the pressure of that record, it's a great feeling to be an undefeated fighter and he'll want to keep that going.

“I am very calm, whoever is put in front of me I'm going to give it my best and I am sure he will. I've been like since the amateur days, because I knew that with the limited experience I had, in order to get to the top of the amateur world I had to beat the best in the World, so even when I was a real novice I was fighting the number one in the world when I was ranked number 50 and I just thought, 'OK, let's get it on'.

“I've had a lot of time in the gym to work on a lot of things and I'm looking to forward to putting it all on display. I'm in good condition, I think I've improved, I will be nice and relaxed, so I'm in a good place before Saturday.

“We've got a game plan, we've got a few shots that we think will rattle his cage so if it comes together it should be a great night. It's a fantastic line-up with Kevin Mitchell, Lee Selby and my GB team mate Luke on the bill too so it's a must-see night that promises fireworks, and for me, it's the first piece of the puzzle.”

Joshua’s debut is part of an action packed night in Greenwich alongside his fellow Gold medal winner Campbell, with Quigg vs. Salinas for the WBA strap, Lightweight World title challenger Mitchell meets Marco Lopez for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title and Selby defends his British and Commonwealth Featherweight belts against unbeaten Ryan Walsh.

Danny Connor defends his Southern Area Light-Welterweight title against fellow Carshalton man Tony Owen, Prizefighter champion Wadi Camacho faces Tony Conquest in an eliminator for the British Cruiserweight title and there’s a debut at that weight for Joshua’s cousin Ben Ileyemi.

Tickets for Anthony Joshua’s debut ‘Carpe Diem’ are on sale now priced £40, £60 and £100 are available on 08448 24 48 24 and The O2’s ticketing agent – www.AXS.com. VIP packages priced £200 are exclusively available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 or at www.matchroomboxing.com

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 10-02-2013

always like when new HWs with potential make their debut. hopefully they keep him active & bring him along properly. imagine if he got KO'd in his debut...

Comment by toshmurph on 10-02-2013

Seems like a nice guy, I know it's not his fault but I but I find it hard to root for him after his numerous gifts in the Olympics...

Comment by richardt on 10-02-2013

I enjoyed watching him in the Olympics. I doubt he has ever been out of shape a day in his career. He just seemed like the kind of person you want to pull for. I hope he goes a long…

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