Anthony Joshua gets back into the ring for the first time this year, fighting Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 1st April. Will ‘AJ’ wipe Franklin out in emphatic style? Or will the American cause a huge upset and claim the biggest win of his professional career? Read here our Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin predictions, betting tips, best odds, how to watch the fight and exclusive free bets.
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How To Watch Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin in the UK?
Anthony Joshua's big clash against Franklin will take place at the O2 Arena in Greenwhich (London, England).
This 12-round heavyweight division fight will take place on Saturday, April 1.
The fight will be shown live and exclusively on American streaming platform DAZN.
Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Betting Preview
Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) is searching for his first win since the brutal domination of Kubrat Pulev in 2020 as he comes into this contest on the back of two successive losses to unified champion Oleksandr Usyk. AJ was outpointed by Usyk in 2021, surrendering the unified world heavyweight titles in the process, and the unbeaten Ukrainian retained the belts with another decision win over Joshua last August. The British heavyweight has lost three of his last five fights, having also suffered a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.
Joshua had Team GB coach Rob McCracken in his corner for most of his career, but brought in esteemed trainer of multiple world champions Robert Garcia for the rematch against Usyk. He has now decided to make another change linking up with Derrick James, who trains both undisputed super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo, and unified welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr.
Jermaine Franklin brings a record of 21 wins, 14 KOs and 1 loss from his 22 pro bouts. He was last seen in the ring when he fought Dillian Whyte in the UK last November. The Michigan born fighter gave a good account of himself in a contest which some though he won despite losing on the judges' scorecards by majority decision.
It was Franklin's first fight outside the US. Previous to that, he had beat Jerry Forrest on 12th July 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest. His resume also includes wins against Rydell Booker (UD), Craig Lewis (UD) and Ed Fountain (TKO). Franklin is now relishing his shot against one of the biggest names in the sport. The American has also spent a fortnight sparring with Britain’s undefeated WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury at his Morecambe home.
Anthony Joshua v Jermaine Franklin: Who is the favorite?
On paper, this fight could be a big test for the former two-time heavyweight champion, despite the best UK betting sites heavily favouring Joshua.
One of the reason is that the Joshua has a height advantage of 4 inches over Franklin. This also extends to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Odds
Joshua opened as the favourite at 1/12 while Franklin opened as a huge underdog at 6/1. At time of writing AJ is backable at 1/10 with BetVictor while the American is 8/1 to win the bout with Betfred. The draw is priced at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
Joshua vs Franklin Predictions
Following his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August 2022, Joshua has reset and refocused. But clearly his career is effectively on the line.
Joshua is a huge puncher, and can end the fight with one shot. But he struggles with smaller guys. Moreover, his chin is questionable and Franklin also has power as shown in his last fight when he troubled Dillian White few months ago.
Joshua will need to have his guard up to catch some of his opponent's quick combinations, with AJ needing to avoid mistakes early in the fight and pull the trigger sooner and counter back.
Derrick James is an offensive-minded trainer, and we expect Joshua to attack despite a third consecutive defeat would be a total disaster.
Our prediction? With so much on the line, Joshua should be able to make a statement and hand his opponent his first professional knockout loss in central rounds (6th or 7th round).
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Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin FAQs
What time will the fight start?
Expect the ring walks for the main event to start around 10.30pm, possibly a little later depending on the duration of the undercard fights.
How many rounds will the fight be?
Joshua vs Franklin will be a 12 rounds bout (3 minutes each).
In which weight division will the fight be contested?
The fight will be contested at heavyweight which means both fighters have to make at least 200lb.
Who is fighting on the Joshua vs Franklin undercard?
The fight night card features very interesting fights, including Matteo Signani and felix Cash fighting for the European middleweight title and exciting fighter Fabio Wardley taking on Michael Polite Coffie.
- Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin; Heavyweight
- Fabio Wardley vs. Michael Polite Coffie; Heavyweight
- Matteo Signani vs. Felix Cash; For the EBU European middleweight title
- Austin Williams vs. River Wilson-Bent; Middleweight
- Campbell Hatton vs. Louis Fielding; Super lightweight
- Peter Kadiru vs. Hueseyin Akdemir; Heavyweight
- Ziyad Almaayouf vs. TBA; Welterweight
- Juergen Uldedaj vs. Michael Webster; Cruiserweight
- Jordan Flynn vs. Kane Barker; Lightweight
- John Hedges vs. Daniel Bocianski; Light heavyweight
What happens if Joshua wins the fight?
Should Joshua beat Franklin, a rematch with Dillian Whyte, who he knocked out in 2015, would be well on the cards. A potential contest against Tyson Fury (or other big names) in the future is not ruled out.
Who is Tony Bellew predicting to win?
Tony Bellew has backed Anthony Joshua to secure a knockout victory against Jermaine Franklin when they meet this weekend at the O2 Arena.