American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) doubts that his eminent opponent in the fight on April 1, Briton Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) has such a cool resume. It’s funny to see when a boxer who has achieved much less evaluates a seasoned opponent, but that’s how it is.
Franklin believes that AJ should have fought the now-former multi-year WBC champion Deontay Wilder or current title holder Tyson Fury a long time ago.
“I’m not going to say they evaded Wilder, but it was a little weird when this Wilder thing went on and on and then he didn’t even fight Fury,” Franklin told The DAZN Boxing Show. Well, boxing is much more of a business than many think. This is something more than just “we will fight.” AJ has a solid resume, but there are some questionable fights.”
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In April 2017, Joshua faced the toughest test of his career against Wladimir Klitschko. Having been on the canvas, Anthony was able to win by knockout in the 11th round.
“He beat the aged Vladimir. I don’t think that against the young Klitschko this fight would have gone the way it did,” Franklin said. – In the battle with Usyk, he was so-so. I’ve seen better performances from him.”
29-year-old Franklin performed well in his last fight against Dillian Whyte. He lost to him on points, but very controversially.
As for the 33-year-old Joshua, he lost two fights in a row – both by decisions of the judges to Oleksandr Usyk. His promoter thinks there’s a lot of pressure on Joshua.