By James Slater
Anthony Joshua, who enjoyed an impressive 1st-round victory in his pro debut this past weekend, has his next foe lined up. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist will, The Telegraph has confirmed, face 11-year veteran Paul Butlin on the Kell Brook-Vyacheslav Senchenko clash in Sheffield on October 26th.
37-year-old Butlin has a so-so at best 14-19 (3 KOs) record but he has been in with some good names, often acquitting himself well. A pro since October of 2002, the Leicestershire man has fought Dereck Chicora (twice, going the distance on both occasions), Jonathon Banks, Albert Sosnowski and, more recently in April of last year, Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (being stopped by the Australian giant in the 4th-round).
Butlin has lost his last two but he has been active, fighting three times this year. Can the 6’2” journeyman take Joshua a few rounds? The bout is set for six-threes.