Legg to open Froch vs Groves

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An opportunity to fight in front of 80,000 boxing fans on the biggest British fight night in history will have a flavour of Milton Keynes to it, writes Adam Beechers.

Exciting heavyweight Matt Legg will take on London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua before the eagerly anticipated Carl Froch vs George Groves fight at Wembley next Saturday.

Legg, who has a record of seven wins from his nine outings including three inside the distance, has found a route back to his best with some top quality performances both locally and on national television.

But he admitted he was surprised to get the call to take on highly rated Olympic champion Joshua.

“It was a total surprise,” he said. “I knew they were looking at a couple of names but I knew I was in the mix and to be honest I thought the chance had come and gone.

“But then I got the call and they said it was me fighting at Wembley Stadium it was an unbelievable feeling.

“I’m going to give it everything I’ve got as I’m know where every boxer wants to be fighting on the biggest stage of them all.”

Joshua, who has won all five of his professional fights within two rounds, has yet to fight an opponent who has provided a test for him and the fight scheduled for eight rounds.

And Legg believes the fight could act as a springboard for both fighters who are keen to get a title belt.

“This could lead to something like a British title without a doubt and I’ve got the right promoter in Mervyn Turner of Shamrock Boxing behind me who I thank for putting me forward for the fight.”