Anthony Joshua He will return to the ring on April 1. Jermaine Franklin in London.

Joshua will try to get back on track after two consecutive defeats by Oleksandr Usyk, who took the combined heavyweight titles from the British with a 2021 win decision before holding the gold medal in a rematch last August.

If Joshua is to get a chance at a world title, here Franklin will have to overcomeand “AJ” will have the home advantage At the O2 Arena in London on April 1.

American Franklin has some experience fighting a Briton on their own soil, but the 29-year-old’s last match was against Dillian Whyte in November.

Franklin lost a controversial majority decision to Whyte Over 12 rounds, one referee’s scorecard read 115-115 and the other two read 116-112 in favor of Whyte.

Prior to that competition at Wembley Arena, where Joshua watched from ringside, Franklin was undefeated 21-0 with 14 knockout wins.

Ahead of Whyte vs Franklin, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said the winner would be next for “AJ”. Leads Whyte to express disappointment in February On the news that the opposite would be true as Franklin paired up with Joshua despite his loss in November.

Prior to the announcement that Franklin would be boxing for Joshua, Whyte was the Americans’ best-known opponent to date.

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