Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua is 24-years -old with a record of 6 wins, no losses (KO 6) and will be facing 47-year-old journeyman Matt Skelton on 12th July in the Liverpool Echo Arena in the UK.
Considering when Joshua steps into the ring against vastly experienced Skelton with just 40 weeks as a pro 6 fights and only 9 rounds to show, it’s a big step up for any boxer for their 7th pro fight. But for someone who only started learning how to box at 18 years old and to become an Olympic super-heavyweight boxing gold medalist at 22, it’s an unbelievable achievement for Joshua.
For any boxer once he steps up, there’s no going back; its only going to get harder I think for the 6’6”, 243-pound Joshua.
Skelton will show and expose some of Joshua’s weaknesses and lack of experience next month, but this fight is only going to finish one way, and I’ll be very surprised if Skelton gets passed the third round in this fight. Joshua hits hard, and I think some nice placed body shots will pay off and prove that Joshua is ready to take another step up in class.
I would like to see him making all of his mistakes at this level of opponents whiles he can get away with it and without taking too much damage, because he has already had a few injuries from a slight problem with his shoulder, hand, and bicep problems. For his next couple of fights it should be about perfecting his boxing techniques.
Here are the fighters I’d like to see Joshua face in his new three bouts:
8th Scott Belshaw 6′ 7″ fighter with a record of 10-7-0
9th David Howe 6′ 8″ fighter with a record of 11-2-0
10th Tom Dallas 6′ 6″ fighter with a record of 17-4-0
These fights would be a great experience for Joshua, and would be good to see him fighting people his own size and bigger. I think he can start 2015 with 10 wins, 10 KO’s, but think his promoter Eddie Hearn will have him at 9-0 at the end of 2014 regardless every heavyweight boxer will be keeping a close eye on Anthony Joshua’s progress.