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I should have been more brutal, Anthony Joshua says after victory over Franklin



Anthony Joshua took the microphone and spoke about his victory over America’s Jermaine Franklin. Excerpts:

“No knockout, so no good. It is a brutal sport, but knockouts are everything. I’m not too happy.

“I could have thrown more shots, and I should have, no excuses. But I will.

“That is part of coming back; you have to be your own biggest critic. If you want to progress, you can’t say that was brilliant and chill out.

“Franklin is a decent counter-puncher; the right hand wasn’t landing; that is one of my best shots but we will build.


“Whatever my coach wants to work on, we’ll work on. I don’t want to put pressure on Derrick; everything that happens in the ring is on me. If you want to be a fighter you have to deal with the pressure.”

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.