It's official: heavyweight Anthony Joshua, who won gold at super heavyweight last year at the London Olympics, will go pro on October 5, having signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. The fight will take place at the O2 Arena in London, and will be televised on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
Joshua, 23, is still a bit raw, but there's nothing wrong with that, or nothing unusual about it. At 6'6", he's a big, modern heavyweight, who looks like he should have good power (at least) and obviously has already had some solid amateur training and experience.
Here's what Joshua said in a Matchroom release:
"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 World.
"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."
How far do you think Joshua can go in the pro ranks? Are we going to see the debut of a future world champion?