Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua will leave behind the head guard and vest for a pair of ten oz gloves, as he fights unbeaten Italian Emanuele Leo at the O2 Arena in his professional debut on Saturday night.

Leo, who has an unbeaten record after eight fights, does not seem to faze the London 2012 hero, but sees the bout as an opportunity to prove his worth right from the start of his career in the paid ranks.

Joshua told Sky Sports: "I want to get respect by beating an opponent that I shouldn't be beating," By fighting an opponent with that type of record I'll get respect. 

For Leo, it will be his first experience fighting outside of his home soil, a contrast to the atmosphere on Saturday which will bring Britain back together supporting one of last summer's superstars as Joshua enters the ring.

Joshua, 23, has been in his training camp for seven weeks and brings forth the mental attitude that he still has to prove himself in the sport to gain admiration in the boxing world. 

He is the joint-headliner on the 'Carpe Diem' bill, with Scott Quigg's fight against Cuban Yoandris Salinas the other bout at the top of the bill for Matchroom Sports. 

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Topics:
#Heavyweight
#Boxing