American heavyweight (over 90.7 kg) Jermaine Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs), who is considered the most likely next opponent of British ex-world champion Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs), addressed his potential opponent via social networks: “I’m ready. It’s time to give the fans what they want. Two great fighters who, above all, care about the interests of the fans. And it’s also a UK vs USA confrontation.”
“I’m ready. Time to give the fans what they want. Two great boxers who want to put the fans interest first, USA vs UK.” #peoplechampvsformerchamp#anthonyjoshua @SalitaProm @matchroomboxing @DAZNBoxing pic.twitter.com/L3DshdiUQO
— Jermaine Franklin Jr (Official Pg) (@JermaineFrankl6) January 17, 2023
Joshua will return to the ring on April 1 at O2 Arena in London (England). Both fighters lost competitively in their last fights. Joshua lost in a rematch to Oleksandr Usyk, and Franklin lost to Dillian Whyte.
Top featherweights (up to 57.2 kg) from Mexico Emanuel Navarrete (36-1, 30 KOs) and Mauricio Lara (25-2-1, 18 KOs) fight in February. Lara will try to take the WBA title from Briton Lee Wood in a potential match of the year, and Navarrete will play the not-so-famous Australian Liam Wilson for the vacant WBO title of the division above.
And in order for both to approach the fights in top condition, grunts spar with each other. Imagine what a cool fight they would have:
Mauricio Lara & Emanuel Navarrete getting the rounds in. pic.twitter.com/Z6lHQX0J5n
— Jamie Bourne (@BoxeoBourne) January 17, 2023
In April, in Japan, the unification will determine the owner of three belts of the first flyweight (up to 49 kg): WBO champion Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (27-3-1, 14 KOs) will try to upset the local division leader and WBCWBA Super belt holder Ken Shiro (20 -1, 12 KOs).
The fight was made possible after WBC mandatory challenger and two-weight division champion Hekki Badler of South Africa agreed to a release clause.
WBC featherweight champion (up to 57.2 kg) Mexican Ray Vargas (36-0, 22 KOs) will try to conquer the third division on February 11 in San Antonio (USA) – he will fight for the same title, but in the second featherweight (up to 59 kg) with American O’Shaky Foster (19-2, 11 KOs).
It became known that during the fight in the corner of the Mexican there will be another specialist – Vargas unexpectedly refused the services of the local legend Ignacio Beristain. According to the boxer, their cooperation was a formality, and his only head coach throughout his career was his father Carlos Vargas.
Boxing expert, agent and consultant Rick Glaser claims that the PPV fight, which took place on January 7 on Showtime – between American Gervonta Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) and Dominican Hector Luis Garcia (16-1, 10 KOs) – was a complete failure. from a financial point of view.
“The number of sold PPV broadcasts on all platforms has reached only 61 thousand, which is even much less than I expected. Yes, “Tank” Davis sells tickets well, but not PPV broadcasts. It’s simple – PPV fights are watched on illegal streams. Piracy is really killing the PPV model of boxing, ”the specialist writes.
Davis – Garcia. We don’t even know… – a report about this event