Anthony Joshua will fight Paul Butlin on the Kell Brook undercard

Last Updated: 12/10/13 9:12am

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Anthony Joshua is eager to build on his first round stoppage of Emanuele Leo

Anthony Joshua is eager to build on his first round stoppage of Emanuele Leo

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Anthony Joshua says he is delighted the second fight of his professional career will take place in his 'second home' of Sheffield after it was announced he will return to the ring to face Paul Butlin on October 26.

The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist will be back in action at the Motorpoint Arena live on Sky Sports just three weeks after his ruthless stoppage of the previously undefeated Emanuele Leo at the 02 earlier this month.

And Joshua explained his eagerness to fight so soon after his first pro bout is due to his desire to continue learning and developing.

"I was happy with my performance at The O2 but I put that behind me now and move on to Sheffield," said Joshua.

"I've got great memories of my time with Team GB in Sheffield. The English Institute of Sport was a second home over the last few years and it's nice that my second fight will be there.

To have another fight just three weeks after my debut is brilliant, exactly what I need for my progression - I have to keep grinding it out, keep fighting and keep learning.


Joshua insisted there is more to come from him despite an impressive first outing at the O2 and says he feels at home in boxing's professional ranks.

"You only have one pro debut and I ended it in spectacular fashion" he said. "Every time I step into the ring it is like an Olympic final. I prefer the pro game a bit more than the amateurs, not neglecting the amateurs but this feels like the real deal.

"When I was getting my hands wrapped it took about 30 minutes to get them properly wrapped and to fit my hands into the tight, small gloves.

"I really enjoyed it (the fight against Leo). You could see he was game, could take a shot, he had a winners mentality - he was 8-0 and is in the game to win.

"This is just the beginning and we can build on that - that is the main thing."

Joshua and Butlin will fight on a packed undercard for Kell Brook's Welterweight showdown with Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Blackpool's Brian Rose meets Javier Maciel in an eliminator for the WBO Light Middleweight title, while his fellow Blackpool fighter Scotty Cardle is also in action.

Kal Yafai and Liverpool's Callum Smith also feature on the bill as do Sheffield fighters Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins.

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