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Anthony Joshua sets sights on 2015 showdown with Wladimir Klitschko

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Anthony Joshua will take on Matt Legg at Wembley on May 31 but the heavyweight is already looking towards a shot at the Ukrainian champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

The Olympic gold medallist will take on Legg in his sixth professional fight and their bout is the first on the card of Froch v Groves II, which will be aired live on Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old has promised to give the fans something to cheer about and hopefully set the tone for a great night of British boxing with an early knockout of his ageing opponent.

"I can't wait to box at Wembley on May 31, it's going to be an unbelievable experience," said Joshua on Sky Sports.

"To box at the national stadium on a bill of this magnitude is a real honour and I plan to kick the night off with a bang against Matt.

"I know he will want to put on a show on such a huge occasion but I will be looking to add another big KO to my collection."

The 38-year-old, Legg, has a record of seven wins (three KOs) and two defeats while Joshua is looking for a sixth successive knockout win.

Legg faced James 'Lights Out' Toney in the heavyweight Prizefighters at York Hall back in November and judging from his performance against the 45-year-old, he could be in for a serious beating against Joshua.

If Toney was able to dispense of Legg in three rounds then it is more than likely that the speedy, powerful combinations of Joshua will end the contest inside the first.

Eddie Hearn’s young star has the platform to go on and dominate the heavy division and it could be argued that he is using a fight with Legg as a stepping stone for the Brit, who will no doubt look a class above his opponent in front of the 80,000 fans that will be packed into the stadium.

Joshua, though, believes that the exposure of fighting on such a massive card will only benefit his career prospects and help accelerate his ascent towards claiming the world heavyweight title.

Despite it only being seven months since the first of his five professional victories, he stated on the Daily Mail: “I’m already thinking about challenging Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.”

A fight against Klitschko, who has been the dominant force in the heavyweight division since 2006, would represent a massive jump up in caliber of fighter and Joshua will have an awful lot of improving to do if he is to provide a serious threat to the Ukrainian’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts next year.

First, though, Joshua will hope to quickly and emphatically dispose of Legg before deciding on who his next opponent will be on his path to a crunch clash with Klitschko.

Also fighting on the Wembley card in is his fellow Olympic gold medallist James DeGale, who will take on Brandon Gonzales for the right to fight the winner, Froch or Groves, for the IBF super-middleweight world title.

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