The team of 29-year-old Jermaine Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) agreed on terms with representatives of former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs). These two are like
reported in the promotion company of the British, will fight on April 1 at O2 Arena in London (England).
The American controversially lost his last fight to Dillian White in late fall 2022 and Joshua, 33, is expected to fight him later this year (assuming he beats Franklin and White his next opponent).
Among Franklin’s competitors for the fight with Joshua were Australian Demsey McKean (22-0, 14 KOs) and Swede Otto Wallin (24-1, 14 KOs).
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Joshua will fight for the first time since losing to Oleksandr Usyk in a bid to regain the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles.
In November, Joshua admitted that he told White after he passed Franklin. And in early 2023, it’s clear to Wilder that Joshua doesn’t want to fight him.