Joshua set to follow up pro debut
October, 15, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesOlympic star Anthony Joshua, who scored a first-round KO in his pro debut, will return on Oct. 5.
Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, is set for his second professional fight. He'll face Paul Butlin on Oct. 26 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, on the Kell Brook-Vyacheslav Senchenko undercard. Joshua turned pro Oct. 5 at The O2 Arena in London, scoring a first-round knockout of Italy's Emanuele Leo.
"I was happy with my performance at the O2, but I put that behind me now and move on to Sheffield," Joshua said. "You only have one pro debut, and I ended it in spectacular fashion. Every time I step into the ring it is like an Olympic final. I prefer the pro game a bit more than the amateurs. Not neglecting the amateurs, but this feels like the real deal. When I was getting my hands wrapped it took about 30 minutes to get them properly wrapped and to fit my hands into the tight, small gloves. It is two guys coming out with their heart on their sleeve trading, and I really enjoyed it.
"To have another fight just three weeks after my debut is brilliant, exactly what I need for my progression -- keep fighting and keep learning."