The upcoming fight against American Jermain Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) is very important for the British ex-world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs), since a possible defeat, although it will not put an end to his career, but with with a high probability will force to part with the dreams of a three-time championship.
This opinion is shared by the British promoter Eddie Hearn.
“I think it’s a tough fight,” Hearn insists. Franklin had an amazing fight with Dillian Whyte that showed how good he is. And Joshua is coming back from two losses and obviously he has a lot of questions to answer. I feel like Franklin is the right guy to tell us where and what Joshua is with.”
“I think at the world level it will be very difficult for him to get a world title fight again,” Eddie answers a question about the consequences of a possible loss of Joshua to Franklin. – I consider Franklin as a top 15 fighter, but if you are going to fight for a world title, then you have to go through these guys. The pressure is really great. I don’t think his career is over (if he loses), but in light of positioning himself as a world title contender, it will be hard to get back there after that.”
The Joshua-Franklin fight is scheduled for April 1 in London (England).
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