Anthony Joshua will return to the ring this spring, taking up Jermaine Franklin in London.
Joshua will look to get again to profitable methods after two straight defeats by Oleksandr Usyk, who took the unified heavyweight titles from the Briton with a call win 2021 earlier than retaining the gold in a rematch final August.
If Joshua is to construct again to a world title shot, he might want to overcome Franklin right here, and “AJ” can have the house benefit at London’s O2 Enviornment on 1 April.
American Franklin has some expertise combating a Briton on their house soil, nevertheless, with the 29-year-old’s final bout having come towards Dillian Whyte in November.
Franklin misplaced a controversial majority determination to Whyte over 12 rounds, with one choose’s scorecard studying 115-115, whereas the opposite two learn 116-112 in favour of Whyte.
Previous to that contest at Wembley Enviornment, the place Joshua watched on from ringside, Franklin was unbeaten at 21-0 with 14 knockout wins.
Forward of Whyte vs Franklin, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned the winner can be subsequent for “AJ”, main Whyte to specific his frustration in February upon the information that the alternative would in actual fact be true – as Franklin was paired with Joshua regardless of his loss in November.
Previous to the announcement that Franklin would field Joshua, Whyte was by far the American’s most well-known opponent up to now.
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