Anthony Joshua Sets Sights on Tyson Fury After Defeating Jermaine Franklin

Anthony Joshua Sets Sights on Tyson Fury After Defeating Jermaine Franklin

Byron Pillay
  • Anthony Joshua beat America's Jermaine Franklin by unanimous decision
  • Joshua said he would be honoured to fight for the WBC Heavyweight title
  • Eddie Hearn was pleased with Joshua's performance as he returned to winning ways

Could boxing fans finally get a fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury?

The two British boxers have been in negotiations in the past for a big fight but never faced off in the ring before.

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Anthony Joshua would be honoured to fight for the WBC Heavyweight title against Tyson Fury. Image by James Chance.
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Fans in the O2 Arena want to see the two Brits collide though and made their feelings known after AJ's bout against Jermaine Franklin.

Joshua won the fight by unanimous decision, The Guardian reported. Joshua controlled the fight well and landed the more threatening shots, but Franklin refused to be knocked out.

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The American held his own in the bout which started to get scrappy in the later rounds. During his post-match interview, Joshua asked the fans who he should fight next. When the resounding answer was Fury, Joshua said that the ball was in The Gypsy King's corner.

He added that it would be an honour for him to fight for the WBC Heavyweight title. His promoter Eddie Hearn added that Joshua was looking for a big fight after returning to winning ways and mentioned that a fight against Fury was a possibility.

Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte were names that were also thrown around as possible future opponents for AJ.

There was a lot of pressure on the young Briton's shoulders as he went into the fight having lost three of his last five bouts.

Despite having all eyes on him, AJ looked comfortable and easily claimed the victory. He also was able to compose himself after the bout when things threatened to spill over after the fight.

Joshua cheekily hit the back of Franklin's head after the final bell, an act that the American didn't like.

Both men started to tussle in the ring and had to be quickly separated by security. The tension even spilt over to people from opposite camps outside the ring.

Franklin's transformation for Joshua fight

Jermaine Franklin is a man on a mission.

The American boxer is looking lean and mean as he prepares to take on Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena in London.

Both men are coming off defeats and want to return to winning ways, Sports Brief previously reported.