Anthony Joshua set for September bout against Konstantin Airich

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Reigning Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua's eight professional fight is to take place on the 13th September on Eddie Hearn's Matchroom card in Manchester, Sky Sports report.

The imposing heavyweight will be making a step up in class following his demolition job on veteran Matt Skelton last time out at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Joshua is to face 35-year-old German Konstantin Airich, who holds a record of 21 wins, nine losses and two draws.

Tough opponent?

Airich went the distance with highly-successful amateur and world title challenger Odlanier Solis in 2012 and the hope is that he will provide rounds for Joshua who is yet to go past two as a professional.

Standing at six foot six inches tall, Joshua will hold a significant height advantage over his six foot one opponent and will look to utilise his impressive jab to full effect.

Airich boasts 17 wins by way of knockout, showing that he can punch and Joshua will have to be careful to make sure he isn't caught with a big shot.

Joshua's potential

Joshua is yet to be tested in his short career as a professional and has dealt with his opponents easily, proving to be far too much for them.

Joshua looks to be a fantastic young boxer who has everything it takes to become a star of the sport and he will be looking to knock out his eighth straight opponent come fight night.

Joshua will be expected to put on a good show and win convincingly and that could prove a stumbling block for many inexperienced fighters. Joshua doesn't seem to struggle under the pressure, though, and he looks to have the perfect temperament to thrive under the expectations placed at his feet.

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He is the great hope for many to bring back the glory days of the heavyweight division which for so many years has lacked excitement and remained stagnant.

This should prove just another step in the long journey that we hope will be Joshua's career but you never know in this most thrilling of sports.

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