British heavyweight Anthony Joshua insists he is “ready to explode” in front of a home crowd at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has added his young star to an action-packed card in September, where Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super-bantamweight title against former world champion Paulus Ambundain.
Joshua will make his debut in Manchester after already impressing crowds in Liverpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, Sheffield and London.
The Olympic gold medallist has stopped all seven of his opponents, with Matt Skelton becoming the latest victim last month. He will face Michael Sprott in London in October but first Joshua is relishing the opportunity to fight in Manchester.
“I am really looking forward to fighting at the Phones 4u Arena,” Joshua said.
“It’s a really iconic venue for British boxing with those great nights for Ricky Hatton so to add my name to the list of great fighters to perform there is a great feeling.
“It’s a cracking bill with Scott Quigg’s world title fight on there and Anthony Crolla is on the move too. He’s a great fighter, probably the most under-rated guy in Britain, so I am hoping to get out there and watch them do their thing.
“Obviously, though, my focus is on my fight, my eighth as a pro now, and I really feel that I am beginning to bed into the pro game and I think I’ll start showing that in this fight.
“I have had some good sparring recently so I am in a good place and ready to explode.”