Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua is 'the real deal' according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
The 23-year-old announced he was to leave the amateur code last month, joining Hearn's Matchroom organisation to fulfil his dreams of a professional career. Promoter Hearn expressed his delight at the deal.
"Obviously the heavyweight division is one which everybody gets excited about and I think we've got the real deal here," he said.
"I think we've got someone who can go on to achieve great things in the sport and the heavyweight division.
"He walks the walk, he looks the part, he talks the talk. He's a great ambassador. I think he can be a role model for youngsters as well and it's really exciting times.
"We've finally got our man. It's taken a long time, but we got there," he added.
Joshua has not competed since his dramatic triumph in last summer's Olympics games in London, where he claimed super-heavyweight gold after defeating Roberto Cammarelle.
After suffering a bunion problem, he was forced to miss the European Amateur Champions in June, but is scheduled to make his professional debut on October 5 when he fights at London's O2 Arena.
The 6ft 6in fighter had previously declared his intention to win an amateur title before he turned professional, but Hearn already sees the potential for Joshua to reach the top and challenge for world titles.
"His motto in life is 'stay hungry' and I love that," Hearn added.
"He's got the mental attributes to capitalise on Olympic gold.
"I think within three years he'll be ready for world titles. If we're looking at him boxing eight times a year, he'll be 24-0 at the end of a three-year period.
"By that stage he'll be able to look at world titles, but he's got the foundations of potentially a world heavyweight champion and that's what makes us so excited."
Joshua's opponent for his headline fight in October is yet to be decided.
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