Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Revealed As Blockbuster Heavyweight Fight Slated for April 1

Anthony Joshua’s Next Opponent Revealed As Blockbuster Heavyweight Fight Slated for April 1

  • Anthony Joshua will return to the ring on April 1 to take on Jermaine Franklin
  • The blockbuster heavyweight fight has been slated for the O2 Arena in London
  • Demsey McKean and Otto Wallin were among other potential opponents for AJ

British boxer, Anthony Joshua will take on Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena in London, according to reports.

AJ is yet to step into the ring since he lost his rematch against Ukrainian fighter, Oleksandr Usyk by a split decision last year.

Franklin emerged as the frontrunner to take on Joshua on his return, with Australia’s Demsey McKean and Sweden’s Otto Wallin among other potential opponents.

Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Jermaine Franklin, O2 Arena
Anthony Joshua will take on Jermaine Franklin on April 1. Photo: Nick Potts.
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Boxing Scene reports that the bout has been scheduled to take place on April 1 and if Joshua wins, he will then take on Dillian Whyte in his next appearance.

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Many have tipped AJ to go all the way against Franklin, but it will be a tough battle after the latter almost upset Whyte.

Whyte won by the same score, 116-112, on two scorecards at OVO Arena Wembley in London. The other judge scored Whyte-Franklin even at 115-115.

Born in Watford, England, Joshua will be fighting to regain the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO championships from Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs).

Eddie Hearn on AJ’s future

Meanwhile, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that it seems Anthony Joshua is losing faith following his loss to Ukraine's Usyk.

There had been plans to get the Briton back into the ring, but deadlines set publicly by Tyson Fury for a fight last December were missed.

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According to Hearn, the inability to seal a bout with the Gypsy King has affected the 33-year-old who will have to wait for his return.

Wilder ready for Ruiz showdown

Sports Brief earlier reported on Deontay Wilder's trainer, Malik Scott revealing the American boxer will most likely face Andy Ruiz Junior in his next fight.

The 'Bronze Bomber' delivered a devastating blow to Finnish boxer, Robert Helenius in the first round and won the WBC eliminator fight last year.

Wilder is now billed to fight Ruiz or a mystery opponent, after another failed negotiation between Anthony Joshua and his team.

Source: Sports Brief News