Anthony Joshua resumed his fledgling professional career with a first-round demolition of Matt Legg on Saturday evening in London.
In the first fight of the Froch-Groves II undercard, in front of around 15,000 early arrivals at Wembley Stadium, Joshua needed just 83 seconds to send Legg to the canvas—the journeyman unable to beat the count as the referee called a halt to proceedings.
It was the Olympic gold medallist's sixth win, and sixth knockout, in six professional fights, none of which have gone beyond the second round.
That might change in his next fight, however, with promoter Eddie Hearn revealing after Legg's knockout that Joshua's next opponent is likely to be the experienced Matt Skelton, who has previously been in the ring with the likes of David Price and Danny Williams.
"Potentially, I feel I could step up, but experience-wise, I haven’t been more than two rounds yet as a pro," Joshua told Sky Sports. "Experience is really what I need.
"I've been out with a slight injury, but now I’m back in the mix. I’ll be back out July 12. ... I hope the knockouts keep on coming."
He will surely not get many easier evenings than this as his professional career matures. Legg, with a record of seven wins from his nine professional fights, came out swinging, catching his opponent with a strong early punch.
But that strike only seemed to sharpen Joshua's focus, as the Watford native worked his opponent over with some strong shots before dropping him with a pinpoint uppercut.
"I could see he was going to come out swinging straight away," Joshua said afterwards. "I knew he couldn’t outwork me, so I said, 'Let me just tuck up and endure it.' Take a few, give a few. But I knew he could only do it for three rounds maximum.
"I knew I’d break him down eventually."
This was another necessary step taken by the 24-year-old, for whom there are big expectations.
"We’ll look to fight Matt Skelton in Liverpool on July 12," Hearn confirmed. "I believe in two or three years' time, he’ll be headlining here himself."
All quotes taken from Sky Sports Box Office's live broadcast.
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