- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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The hand injury that England’s Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, picked up in his first-round knockout of Hector Avila on March 1 will be enough to keep Joshua from his next scheduled fight, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced.
Joshua (5-0, 5 KOs), who turned pro in October, was supposed to fight on April 19 in Manchester, England, on the undercard of junior featherweight titlist Scott Quigg’s defense against Nehomar Cermeno.
Although the hand injury will keep him off the card later this month, Hearn said Joshua will return May 31 -- no opponent yet -- at Wembley Stadium in London for a fight on the undercard of the much-anticipated rematch between super middleweight titlist Carl Froch and George Groves. A crowd of some 60,000 is expected at Wembley Stadium.
“Anthony will play a massive part of the huge Wembley show on May 31,” said Hearn, adding that he hopes to announce Joshua’s opponent this week. “We’re looking at stepping him up on the biggest stage British boxing has ever seen. Anthony picked up a hand injury in Glasgow [on March 1] and although it’s healing well, he will be short for April 19 in Manchester. It’s disappointing but I am sure he will be on fire at the national stadium.”