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Anthony Joshua gets set for next month’s bout with Jermaine Franklin



Anthony Joshua gets set for next month’s bout with Jermaine Franklin

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Anthony Joshua returns to the ring next month, with the former two-time heavyweight champion of the world taking on American Jermaine Franklin at London’s O2 Arena.


Joshua has lost three of his last five fights, with the previously undefeated boxer losing to Andy Ruiz in 2019 before successive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022.

However, he is now back and is fighting in his home city in front of what is set to be a passionate crowd in a venue which he has not fought at at since 2016.

A world title shot will be up for grabs should he be able to string together a couple of wins, with a potential contest against Tyson Fury in the future never being fully ruled out in an unpredictable sport.

Joshua retains a top ten heavyweight ranking and could enter the conversation for world titles if he enjoys a positive 2023.

Franklin, meanwhile, was an exciting unbeaten heavyweight before a loss to Dillian Whyte on his UK debut last November.


However, he remains a big threat and one which Joshua will hope to negotiate before stepping back up to the top table of the heavyweight division.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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