Anthony Joshua will face Jermaine Franklin live on DAZN on Saturday, April 1, at the O2 Arena in London, in a fight that could have implications for the heavyweight division. Joshua, who lost his last two fights to Oleksandr Usyk by decision, will look to bounce back and prove he still belongs among the elite. Franklin, who also lost his last fight to Dillian Whyte, will look to pull off a massive upset and announce himself as a contender.
Joshua weighed in at a career-heaviest 18st 3lbs (115.7kg) for the fight, indicating he is aiming for a knockout win over Franklin. The Briton has bulked up under his new trainer Derrick James, who also coaches Errol Spence Jr. and Jermell Charlo. Joshua has said he is ready to go to war and has shown confidence in his power and chin.
Franklin weighed in at 16st 7lb (106.1kg), much lighter than his previous fight against Whyte. The American has improved his physique and fitness, and has said he has a new attitude and strategy for this fight. Franklin has shown resilience and durability in his career, but he will need more than that to overcome Joshua’s size and skill advantage.
Joshua will be the heavy favourite, but he cannot afford to underestimate Franklin or take any risks. Franklin will be the underdog, but he will have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The stakes are high for both fighters, as a win could lead to bigger opportunities, while a loss could be devastating for their careers.
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