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Watford-born former Finchley ABC Olympic champion Anthony Joshua wins first professional fight at O2 Arena
Olympic champion Anthony Joshua made an emphatic start to his professional career, stopping Emanuele Leo in the first round of their heavyweight contest at the O2 Arena last night.
The Watford-born boxer knocked down his previously unbeaten Italian opponent with a flurry of shots two minutes and 47 seconds into the opening round of the bout.
"There were big expectations on me as people wanted to see what I've been up to in the 14 months I've been away (from the ring)," Joshua, who represented Finchley ABC in his amateur days, told BBC Radio 5 live.
"I had to stay relaxed. I've been doing a lot of work outside of the ring in the gym and I feel like I showed a bits and pieces of my skills tonight.
"Everyone is proud and hopefully everyone can understand what my dreams are.
"I just need to stay disciplined, focused and hopefully everyone will support me and let me crack on with it. Then you will see the best of me."
The 23-year-old, who has dropped a stone in weight since winning the super heavyweight title at London 2012, was in excellent shape and used his jab to positive effect from the first bell, wobbling Leo on a number of occasions before he brought the fight to its early conclusion.
Joshua won’t be out of the ring for long as his next fight is in Sheffield on October 26.
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