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British Olympic gold medalist turns pro

Joshua won gold at the London Games. (©GettyImages)
Joshua won gold at the London Games. (©GettyImages).

British boxing sensation Anthony Joshua has finally decided to swap the amateur scene for the professional according to The Independent. 

The Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist has signed a four-year promotional agreement with Matchroom Sport will be announced this week 

Joshua won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the super-heavyweight division, which soon saw his reputation rocket.

It was expected that he would turn pro shortly after his success but the 23-year-old suffered an ankle injury shortly after the Games that led to him needing surgery. It is believed that injury forced the Brit to delay his decision to turn professional.

It is understood that he held discussions with all the major promoters before making his choice, including America's Gold Boy, but accepted less money with Matchroom because his fights will be aired on Sky Sports.

Joshua becomes the fourth from the Great Britain squad last year to move into the paid ranks, joining fellow Olympians Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker and Anthony Ogogo.

Campbell is set to make his pro debut in hometown Hull next Saturday against Andy Harris.


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