Anthony Joshua will return to the ring to fight Jermaine Franklin this spring, Trying to get back to British heavyweight ways.

Joshua will enter the headline game after two back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk, who defeated “AJ” in 2021 and then last August.

Joshua’s first defeat against Usyk saw the 33-year-old surrender the combined heavyweight titles the undefeated Ukrainian held in the rematch.

Now Joshua looks back at a restructuring towards a world title challenge, and Franklin prepares to stand face-to-face in the ring against the Olympic gold medalist.

Here’s everything you need to know about what will be a vital rivalry in Joshua’s career. We may earn commissions from some links in this article, but we never allow this to affect our content.

When and where?

Joshua vs Franklin will take place on April 1. The fight will serve as a main event competition at London’s O2 Arena.

How can I watch?

The match will be broadcast live DAZN only as part of the streaming service’s monthly subscription package. This is Joshua’s first fight that hasn’t aired on pay-per-view channels in the UK in over eight years.

How can I get tickets?

The latest information from Matchroom, which will promote the event, is as follows:

“Tickets are currently available to O2 and Virgin Media customers through Priority.

“Tickets are available through The O2 venue pre-sale and AXS pre-sale from noon on Wednesday, February 8.

“Matchroom Fight Pass members will be able to purchase tickets starting at noon on Wednesday, February 8. Priority ticket information will be emailed directly to eligible members prior to sales time.

“General Sale tickets can be purchased on Stage Front and AXS from noon on Thursday, February 9th.

“Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £400 and VIP £800.”

Who is Jermaine Franklin?

Jermaine Franklin (right) lost to Dillian Whyte in a controversial decision in November.

(Getty Images)

Franklin, 29, is an American heavyweight who was undefeated until his latest fight – a controversial decision loss for Dillian Whyte. Prior to the competition at London’s Wembley Arena in November, Franklin had a professional record of 21-0 with 14 knockout wins.

24-3 Joshua had 22 wins with hesitation, ringside for Franklin vs Whyte.


Joshua – 1/10

Franklin – 6/1

Draw – 22/1

via Betway.

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