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Bookmakers: Anthony Joshua delighted to turn professional
By Andrew Scott Saturday, 3 August 2013 01:01
Anthony Joshua said that in 2016 he was tempted to defend his Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Rio, but thought that the decision to turn professional could not be delayed any longer, and many bookmakers that follow the boxer believe that he chose wisely.
Joshua, 23-years-old, and a rising star with bookmakers, clinched London’s top amateur boxing prize during the 2012 Games, but price per head services learned that now he signed a three-year contract with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Promotions.
Bookmakers and price per head services can’t wait, as the Watford-born fighter’s professional career will start on October 5 in a six-round fight at the O2 Arena against a yet unnamed opponent, and he believes that the decision he made to leave the amateur ranks came with very good timing.
“I just want to get the ball rolling,” he said. “I realised the improvements I was making so after the Games I thought I could go on to Rio and capture a second gold medal – I looked at that option and I looked at the professional option.
“I’m glad that I fulfilled my dreams at the Games, after that I met with Eddie and talked to a lot of people. I listened and listened and I’m here now after about 10 months and I feel in my heart and in my mind that this is what I want to do.
“This is what I want to be involved in and I know, moving forward, that it will never be a decision that I regret and that is the main thing.”
Sports bookmaker services learned that Hearn’s top quality stable of fighters boasts very big names such as Kell Brook and Carl Froch, as well as Luke Campbell, Joshua’s fellow Olympian, and he insisted that in the future Joshua could excite the British and world public to become the face of heavyweight boxing, and bookmakers don’t doubt this.
“For me this is a very pleasing day,” said Hearn. “We have all seen what Anthony Joshua has achieved in just 43 amateur fights – culminating in Olympic gold.
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“Finally, I believe we have a heavyweight in this country we can get very, very excited about. He has got it all, speed, power and he looks the part.
Sports bookmaker services and pay per head sportsbooks will continue to closely follow the boxer’s careers, and believe that he’s on his way to greatness.