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Anthony Joshua to destroy Matt Skelton too?

Joshua (©GettyImages)
Joshua (©GettyImages).

24-year-old Olympic Gold medallist Anthony Joshua has destroyed all those in his path so far in his short professional career, but will veteran Matt Skelton prove a test?

Skelton aged 47 is vastly more experienced in the professional game with 36 professional fights, in comparison to Joshua's six.

Skelton is known to be a tough and rugged boxer with an unorthodox style who looks to get close to his opponents and rough them up. This would present a new challenge for Joshua who so far has only really faced opponents who aren't willing to risk too much damage.

Joshua's improvement

Last time out Joshua gained fantastic experience by boxing on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves at Wembley Stadium. Joshua dispatched his game opponent Matt Leg in comprehensive fashion with a brutal uppercut landing flush. This was another short fight for Joshua, who as yet hasn't been tested at all in the professional ranks.

There are hopes that Joshua will be tested by Skelton in some way and that he may be able to take Joshua a few rounds, having been in with some good boxers in his time. Skelton has faced the likes of Danny Williams, Michael Sprott, Ruslan Chagaev, Kubrat Pulev and David Price.

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The step up

This will be Joshua's first scheduled eight round contest and it is a step-up in level of opponent from what he has been in with so far, but he is nonetheless expected to come through successfully.

Joshua is a humble but confident young man who is sure to keep his mind on the job in hand, which is one of the most exciting things about him. He seems to have the mental attitude and strength required to make it to the top of the sport. He has all of the potential and skill to go on to become a world class heavyweight who can bring excitement back to a division which has mostly been stagnant for a long time now.

Joshua is a likeable character who has a big fan base already following his success at the London Olympic Games in 2012 and that looks set to increase should he continue to win.

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