Anthony Joshua will make a quick return to ring after his professional debut, when it was confirmed he will face Paul Butlin in his second fight, which takes place at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on October 26.
Olympic super-heavyweight champion Joshua enjoyed a winning start to his pro career when stopping the previously unbeaten Emanuele Leo in the first round at the O2 earlier in October.
Now Joshua (pic) will return to Sheffield, the place he dubbed a “second home” due to his time spent there as part of the Great Britain Olympic team, to feature on the undercard of Kell Brook’s welterweight clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko.
“I’ve got great memories of my time with Team GB in Sheffield,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “The English Institute of Sport was a second home over the last few years and it’s nice that my second fight will be there.
“To have another fight just three weeks after my debut is brilliant, exactly what I need for my progression – I have to keep grinding it out, keep fighting and keep learning.
“You only have one pro debut and I ended it in spectacular fashion. Every time I step into the ring it is like an Olympic final. I prefer the pro game a bit more than the amateurs, not neglecting the amateurs but this feels like the real deal.
“When I was getting my hands wrapped it took about 30 minutes to get them properly wrapped and to fit my hands into the tight, small gloves. This is just the beginning and we can build on that – that is the main thing.”