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Anthony Josha confirmed for Froch vs. Groves undercard

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Anthony Joshua is the first fighter confirmed to feature on the Wembley Stadium undercard for Carl Froch's blockbuster rematch with George Groves on May 31st.

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist will face an opponent yet to to be announced over as he looks to extend a perfect professional record, with a hand injury forcing him out of a potential bout in Manchester on April 19th.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is likely to step up the quality of opponent for the man mountain, with no one able to take the Londoner over two rounds thus far in five fights.

The 24-year-old turned professional firmly in the public eye, becoming a household name after his Olympic success in the super heavyweight division.

Joshua beat previously unbeaten Emanuele Leo on his pro debut in October last year, battering the Italian into a first round stoppage.

Names such as Richard Towers and experienced campaigner Michael Sprott have already been mentioned (see 33:35) but nothing has been confirmed.

Hearn is eyeing a huge undercard for the immense super-middleweight grudge match, with Joshua’s nationwide appeal making him an obvious choice to kick off a stellar night of boxing.

Further undercard announcements are expected within a few weeks.

Kevin Mitchell is rumoured to be appearing, although his potential world title clash with IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazuez seems to be dead in the water after the Mexican cited injury as a reason to turn down a lucrative trip to London next month.

Up to 80,000 people could watch the rematch in Wembley stadium after a controversial stoppage on November 23 in Manchester.

Referee Howard Foster infamously stepped in prematurely in the eyes of many to give Froch a dramatic victory, despite him being put on the canvas in round one by ‘Saint GG’.

The two have shown nothing but bad blood towards one another since their first clash, with Hearn claiming they have exchanged Twitter messages.

All 60,000 tickets sold within 90 minutes of going on sale, leaving Hearn to negotiate for an extra 20,000 capacity with Transport for London, a lengthy process which he expects to be confirmed as successful in the next fortnight.

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