Anthony Joshua pro announcement imminent

Phil Jay 24/07/2013

Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua MBE is finally set to enter the paid ranks after it was confirmed that the Watford man had officially left the GB amateur set-up after months of continued speculation.

The 23 year-old, who scored a famous triumph at London 2012 in the 91+kg division, had been linked with moves to Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions in the past, although it now seems the hot prospect is set for a move to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable.

Joshua had been spotted rubbing shoulders with GBP and Khan representatives at the recent Amir Khan clash with Julio Diaz, but it seems that the might of Matchroom and Sky was too much incentive for the heavyweight – with an announcement expected as early as tomorrow.

The move, once confirmed, follows in the footsteps fellow-Olympians Luke Campbell and Thomas Stalker who have already enjoyed early success with Hearn and his growing Essex boxing empire.

A debut is set to be confirmed for the new season in September or October, with a busy few months to follow for Joshua, who will be instantly thrust into an already bustling UK heavyweight scene alongside the likes of David Price, Tyson Fury, David Haye and Dereck Chisora.