Anthony Joshua to face unbeaten Italian in first pro fight
Last Updated: September 26, 2013 7:14am
Joshua ready for big test
Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua will make his professional debut against unbeaten Italian Emanuele Leo on October 5.
Joshua has joined the paid ranks after taking gold in last year's Olympic Games and will face the 32-year-old Leo in his first heavyweight bout at London's 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports.
Leo has picked up eight wins, three by first-round knockout, but this will be the first time he has fought outside his home country.
The 6'6" tall Joshua will have a height advantage over his opponent, who picked up a points win in his last outing in September.
Joshua signed a deal with Matchroom promotions in July and will be hoping to impress when he appears on the undercard of Scott Quigg's world title clash.
Quigg was due to fight Yoandris Salinas for the WBA super-bantamweight belt on the David Haye-Tyson Fury bill before it was axed last weekend.
The Bury fighter's clash against the unbeaten Cuban has been switched to the capital and will headline the card.
Kevin Mitchell also returns to the ring against tough Mexican Marco Lopez, while Lee Selby defends his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles against Ryan Walsh.
Joshua's fellow Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell has his second pro bout and unbeaten Prizefighter champions Larry Ekundayo and Glenn Foot will collide in a welterweight clash.
Another Prizefighter champion, Wadi Camacho battles former British title holder Tony Conquest at cruiserweight.