Jermaine Franklin Undergoes Transformation for Anthony Joshua Fight

Jermaine Franklin Undergoes Transformation for Anthony Joshua Fight

Byron Pillay
  • Jermaine Franklin will fight Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena in London
  • Franklin has only lost one fight from his 22 professional bouts
  • Joshua has said that he would retire from boxing if he failed to win

Jermaine Franklin is taking his bout with Anthony Joshua very seriously.

The American heavyweight will take on the British boxer at the O2 Arena in London.

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Jermaine Franklin has lost 23 pounds as took his training very seriously for his fight against Anthony Joshua. Image: Zac Goodwin
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While Joshua is looking to bounce back from his defeat against Oleksandr Usyk, Franklin is looking to return to winning ways after suffering his first career defeat.

Franklin was beaten by Dillian Whyte by majority decision in November last year, DAZN reported.

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Now with a fight against the former heavyweight champion next up, Franklin has undergone a major transformation for the bout. As noted by The Mirror, Franklin dropped 23 pounds for the fight and looks absolutely shredded.

Franklin gives up steak

Franklin explained that while he didn’t have a lot of time to train for the fight against Whyte, he was taking it to another level for his fight with Joshua.

“I stopped eating red meat and cut down on sugar. The things I miss most are probably ribs or steak. I used to love steak. I’d feel really bad – if I smell it I instantly get hungry,” he said.

Franklin then added that once he wins, he will have a pile of ribs and steak before touring London a bit.

Joshua predicts a win

Despite Franklin’s impressive transformation, Joshua promised to finish the American. The British fighter has also said he would retire if he failed to win the fight, AS reported.

Franklin, on the other hand, lost his last fight in England and will be looking to make up for that lone defeat on his record.

Joshua drops down WBC rankings

Anthony Joshua will be looking to climb back up the WBC rankings.

The British boxer has fallen down to fifth in the rankings, with Deontay Wilder taking top spot, Sports Brief previously reported.

With a bout against Jermain Franklin upcoming, Joshua will be looking to pick up a win and work his way back toward a title shot.