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Olympic champion Anthony Joshua returning to 'second home' for his next professional outing
Watford's Anthony Joshua will return to his "second home" when travels to Sheffield to take on Paul Butlin in his second professional fight.
Joshua, who grew up on the Meriden Estate in Watford, spent a few years at The English Institute of Sport in Sheffield whilst on the GB Boxing team.
The boxer, who turns 24 tomorrow, was training at the facilities until the summer as he weighed up which trainer and promotional company to join.
Joshua secured a first-round knock-out over Emanuele Leo in his first professional fight nine days ago and is now set to take on Butlin at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 26, which will be shown on Sky Sports.
"I’ve got great memories of my time with Team GB in Sheffield. The English Institute of Sport was a second home over the last few years and it’s nice that my second fight will be there.
"To have another fight just three weeks after my debut is brilliant, exactly what I need for my progression – keep fighting and keep learning."
Butlin's record of 14 wins and 19 defeats out of his 33 professional fights doesn't tell the whole story of his career. The 37-year-old has fought the likes of Jonathan Banks (Former IBO Cruiserweight champion), world title challenger Dereck Chisora and Paolo Vidoz (Former EBU Heavyweight champion and Olympic Bronze medalist) with just days notice and has fought in Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Denmark.
But he will arguably be remembered by most for when his ear was bitten by Chisora in 2009 during their second fight, which both ended with the European champion winning on points.
Joshua’s second pro fight is on the stacked undercard of Kell Brook’s Welterweight showdown with Vyacheslav Senchenko as the Sheffield star closes in on a world title shot.
Blackpool’s Brian Rose meets Javier Maciel in an eliminator for the WBO Light Middleweight title, while his fellow Blackpool fighter Scotty Cardle is in action.
Liverpool’s Callum Smith continued his incredible run of first round stoppage wins in Liverpool when he won the vacant English Super Middleweight title and there’s a welcome return to action for Kal Yafai, the exciting 8-0 bantamweight who boxes for the first time since injuring his bicep in his last outing in March.
Sheffield fighters Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins also feature on the show where tickets cost £30, £40, £60 and £100 and can be purchased through the Motorpoint Arena – www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk – and on 0114 2565656.
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