Anthony Joshua MBE has vowed to pour his heart and soul into
matching his amateur achievements in the pro game as tickets go on
sale for his professional debut at The O2 in London on October
The Olympic super heavyweight star and World number one joins
fellow Gold medallist Luke Campbell and Team GB captain Thomas
Stalker in Eddie Hearn's blossoming stable of the cream of British
fighting talent, and will top a fantastic bill in Greenwich.
"I'm so determined and so willing to sacrifice anything and
everything to achieve my dreams," said Joshua, who will be trained
by Tony Sims in Essex. "It's great to be back in the ring and it's
a privilege to debut at The O2, it's one of the best venues in the
"Eddie advised me to look at all the offers. I went around the
World took advice from champions and talked through with the team.
Matchroom is the best place for me to go on the path I want to
take, they've got a great stable of fighters and it's great to box
on Sky Sports.
"I'd like to thank Finchley ABC and GB Boxing - they have backed
me all the way, taking me from complete novice to World number one
and Olympic Gold. The have given me the foundations to move into
the pro ranks, the basis to become number one in the World."
"Anthony is the perfect man to lift the sport of boxing in
Britain even higher," said promoter Eddie Hearn. "We have two gold
medallists now in Anthony and Luke, when a heavyweight wins a Gold
they are a huge target, it's been a long process getting Anthony's
signature but it's been well worth it and he's got a great team and
family around him - he was right to take his time and make
the right decision.
"We will take Anthony forward at the right pace. Anthony is very
grounded and he understands the road ahead. He's achieved an
incredible amount in 43 amateur fights, but what impresses me more
about him is his mental capacity - he has a great head on those
broad shoulders and he won't be rushed."
Joshua will be joined at The O2 by British lightweight World
title contender Kevin Mitchell, unbeaten Welsh featherweight star
Lee Selby, former Team GB starlet Martin J. Ward, Prizefighter
champions Wadi Camacho and Larry Ekundayo and many more.