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Anthony Joshua has set his sights on winning a world title ahead of his first fight against Emanuele Leo
8:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
Anthony Joshua makes his professional debut on Saturday and the boxer has already set his sights on winning a world title.
Joshua, who trained at Finchley ABC before turning pro, takes on Italy’s Emanuele Leo at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
Leo goes into the bout unbeaten but has yet to fight outside his home country. Joshua said he is relaxed ahead of the contest and is looking forward to the “start of a journey” which he hopes will end with a world title.
“I know what I’m getting into, I know how to prepare for it mentally,” he told Sky Sports News.
“It’s the start of a journey, hopefully it’s a great one and we will get that world title, God willing. I’m with a good promotional team and I’m sure they can pull the strings to make it happen.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says Leo is a fighter with ambition and expects the Italian to try and upset the odds on Saturday.
“I wanted him to have a tough test. We’re going to try and potentially move him on, he’s going learn every time,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“I want someone who is going to come and try to beat Anthony Joshua, because that is when I think you’re going to see the sensational performances and knockouts.”
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