Anthony Joshua MBE is ready for his second pro fight on Saturday
night (October 26) - and Paul Butlin has told him he's going to
take the fight to him live on Sky Sports at the Motorpoint Arena in
Joshua dismissed Emanuele Leo in the first round of his debut at
The O2 earlier in the month, and now clashes with the experienced
Leicestershire fighter in his Steel City second home, where he
honed his skills with Team GB.
The 24 year old Olympic gold medal hero headlines 'Joshua and
The Prizefighters' on Thursday November 14 live on Sky Sports in
his third pro outing, but expects a tough test in Sheffield against
"The quality of opposition will get better and that is good,
because it means I will need to get better," said Joshua. "I can
only defeat what is in front of me, so whoever it is I have to do
my best. In this game I want to keep on learning in the gym and
take that into the ring, give it my best and hopefully dispatch my
"You know what boxing is like, it only takes one shot. But
hopefully tonight I can slip in, get a win and slip out again and
then plan for the next show.
"I need to put in a lot more groundwork in the gym. Leo was 8-0
and on paper it was a great fight. Somebody once told me when I was
ABA champion that I can't that the ABA championship to a Russian
World champion because they won't respect you. At the stage I am at
now I am so far from where I want to be so I have to keep grinding
it out in the gym"
Butlin takes a wealth of experience into Saturday's clash, with
167 rounds boxed in his 33 pro fights. The 37 year old says he'll
take the fight to Joshua from the opening bell - and expects to
test the Londoners' resolve.
"I will bring non-stop aggression," said Butlin. "It is common
sense, I can't keep it long. I am going to have to put it on him
from round one. If I don't, he will stop me. The reach on him, the
speed of him, the power of him, if I don't put it on him then I
will get stopped.
"It doesn't matter how muscly you are, you can't change your jaw
- you could have the best body in the world but it doesn't make you
the best boxer, it doesn't mean you have a good jaw. On Saturday
that is what I am going to do - test his jaw.
"Anthony is a nice kid, a gold medallist as well, so it will be
an honour to share the ring with him.
"He is good, he is sharp, but it is the start of his
professional career so there are weaknesses I noticed on his
"With some opponents you can get angry off with them, but he is
such a nice lad. I think it will be a good fight. We will shake
hands at the end and be alright with each other. We are both there
for business, and that is what will happen.
"I think it is madness him facing somebody like me in his second
pro fight. On the other side, I think Eddie Hearn is making a
statement and being a Gold medallist you should be able to make
those statements. You are the best in the world as an amateur, and
turning pro you should still have that pedigree."
Joshua's fight with Butlin is part of a great line-up of action
in Sheffield, as unbeaten Welterweight star Kell Brook faces a
watershed night in his career against former World champion
Brian Rose facing Javier Maciel in a final eliminator for the
WBO Light Middleweight title while rising Liverpool star Callum
Smith meets Ruben Acosta for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight
There's a welcome return to action for Kal Yafai, the exciting
8-0 bantamweight who boxes for the first time since injuring his
bicep in his last outing in March, while popular Sheffield fighters
Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins and Sam O'Maison also feature.