Anthony Joshua faces Matt Legg on Froch-Groves undercard on Saturday

By Boxing News - 05/27/2014 - Comments

By Scott Gilfoid: Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KO’s) will be looking to add another scalp to his collection on Saturday night against 38-year-old Matt Legg (7-2, 3 KO’s) in one of the more disappointing match-ups on Saturday’s Carl Froch vs. George Groves II card at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. It’s a disappointing match-up because the 6’6″ Joshua won an Olympic gold medal in the London Olympics in 2012, and yet he’s being put in with guys that have no hope of beating him or even giving him any real test.

Legg doesn’t have much going for him in this fight and I think it’ll be a major accomplishment if he can even make it out of the 1st round in this fight. That’s not because Joshua is a great puncher, because he’s clearly not. It’s because Legg’s talent level is less than spectacular. This is a guy that James Toney knocked out in 3 rounds last year.

“I’m starting the show but hopefully one day I’ll be headlining,” Joshua said to “I hope to start the night off with a bang. I’ve got a domestic fighter who’s coming to give it a go. He’ll be trying to catch me so may the best man win.”

How is Legg going to catch Joshua if he can’t punch? Legg’s having problems just trying to knock out the awful opposition that he’s been put in with during his career. How is the 38-year-old Legg going to be trying to “catch” Joshua if he’s not even established that he can knockout 3rd tier opposition? I think Legg is just going to be trying to survive in this fight and not look to be knocking Joshua out.

Joshua has 5 straight knockouts going since starting his career last October. He’s faced weak opposition in the Legg category. It was hoped that Joshua would be put in with a better opponent for the Wembley card, but instead Eddie Hearn backed Joshua up to an arguably even worse opponent than he’s ever faced before.

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