It has been reported that Anthony Joshua, the British heavyweight boxer, is nearing a final agreement for a fight against American boxer Jermaine Franklin. The proposed bout is expected to take place at The O2 in London on April 1st. According to sources, negotiations between the two sides have been progressing positively and Franklin’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, is optimistic about reaching a final accord for the Joshua fight.
Franklin has been identified as the preferred opponent for Joshua’s next heavyweight fight, following his debut in the United Kingdom in November. The American boxer exhibited a valiant effort in his match against Dillian Whyte, earning recognition for a majority decision loss, which was the first defeat on the 29-year-old’s 22-fight record. The encounter with Joshua will provide Franklin with the opportunity to establish himself as a credible heavyweight contender.
On the other hand, Joshua will be participating in his first fight since he lost in his attempt to regain the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO championships from Oleksandr Usyk. A victory against Franklin will be a significant step for Joshua as he endeavors to reclaim his position as the premier heavyweight boxer in the world.
Should Joshua emerge victorious against Franklin, a potential fight with Dillian Whyte may be scheduled for later in the year, provided Whyte defeats an opponent yet to be determined in his next appearance. Additionally, Joshua has a potential future fight with Deontay Wilder in the pipeline, which promises to be a highly-anticipated matchup between two of the sport’s most prominent figures.
In conclusion, the Joshua vs Franklin fight promises to be a highly-engaging and competitive encounter. With both fighters determined to establish themselves as top contenders in the heavyweight division, fans can anticipate an enthralling night of boxing on April 1st at The O2 in London.