Joshua's schedule picking up steam


Top heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist from Great Britain, has a busy schedule upcoming.

On Friday, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Joshua’s opponent for the card Hearn is promoting on April 4 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs), coming off a four-month layoff because of a bad back, will face Jason Gavern (26-19-4, 11 KOs).

“I can’t wait to get into the ring in Newcastle,” the 25-year-old Joshua said. “It’s been frustrating being out of action, but the injury has totally healed up and I will be firing on all cylinders next Saturday.”

Gavern, 37, has faced top names and lost. For example, he got knocked out by Deontay Wilder in the fourth round in August in Wilder’s tuneup fight before Wilder won a heavyweight world title from Bermane Stiverne in January. Most recently, Gavern lost an eight-round decision to prospect Gerald Washington on March 13.

“It's great to see Anthony return from injury and I'm looking forward to seeing him face Jason in Newcastle. It's a nice test on his return,” Hearn said. “Gavern has plenty of experience, but Anthony has plenty of frustration to let out.”

If all goes well, Joshua will be back on May 30 in London in a fight already announced against faded former title challenger Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 4 KOs), who has never been stopped, on the undercard of lightweight titlist Jorge Linares’ mandatory defense against Kevin Mitchell.