Every heavyweight on the current landscape best beware of the name Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KO). The 24-year-old, 6'6" athlete is hammering his way up the heavyweight ladder, and he has his sights set on big things.
Per Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist wants to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for the title as early as next year.
Joshua has a likable personality and physically impressive stature. Powell assessed the one-time wayward youth. He said: "He remains heart-warmingly in touch with the more humble amateur environment which turned him from a street chump into an Olympic champ."
Joshua will be taking on Matt Legg (7-2, 3 KO) as part of the undercard for the highly anticipated rematch between George Groves and Carl Froch at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Joshua has fought on some big stages in his professional career, but in England, Wembley is the biggest.
The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. Here's how you can catch the action.
When: Saturday, May 31 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Wembley Stadium in England
TV: Sky Box Office
The Book on Joshua
It's hard to find who Joshua is reminiscent of at this stage in his career, but Lennox Lewis is one fighter who comes to mind. Only Joshua looks a little more dangerous than Lewis at the same stage of his career.
That's high praise, but Joshua's ceiling is that high.
He has a quick, snapping but stiff jab. He backs that up with a titanic right hand.
Defensively, he still has some improving to do, but his athleticism and professionalism makes you believe he'll continue to learn and get better.
Per Sky Sports, Joshua said this about his mental approach in the ring: "If I see a weakness in my opponent, I'm going to exploit it because if I get caught or beat, I'll regret not having taken the chance. Not every fight is going to be a knockout."
Maybe not, but so far, every one of Joshua's fights has been. Can I hear six in a row?
The Book on Legg
To put it plain, Legg needs to be allowed to come into the ring with a brick in his hand to beat Joshua.
Even then, the odds would be slightly favoring the big man from Watford.
In all seriousness, Legg is just the next journeyman set in front of Joshua to give him some rounds. The problem is, Joshua has been getting opponents out so quickly, he's barely breaking a sweat.
None of his opponents have made it out of the second round yet.
Legg is giving up four inches in height, he's 38 years old and he lost in the first round of the Prizefighter tournament to 45-year-old James "Lights Out" Toney.
What do you think is going to happen on Saturday night?
Let's keep this pretty simple. The big, young guy is going to knock the smaller, old guy out…really quickly.
Joshua will win by first-round KO/TKO.
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