Anthony Joshua beats Jermaine Franklin to claim first win in over two years

Anthony Joshua beats Jermaine Franklin to claim first win in over two years

Nigerian-British boxer, Anthony Joshua returned to winning ways on Saturday night with an unanimous victory over the US boxer, Jermaine Franklin.

Joshua was condemned the winner at the O2 Arena in London after a grueling contest for 12 rounds.

The three judges scored Joshua 118-111, 117-111, 117-111 to win the bout.

The former world champion got his first win since 2020 after suffering two consecutive beatings to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk overthrew Joshua on September 25, 2021. The British boxer suffered in the hands of his Ukrainian counterpart for the second time on August 21, 2022.

Joshua’s last win came on December 13, 2020 against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev.

The latest bout which was characterised by the usual jabs throwing and punches eventually saw Joshua denied Franklin his 25th career win.

Joshua’s victory appeared to be the beginning of his quest to become a three-time world heavyweight champion. 

He also extended his professional record to 25-3.

Joshua appeared to have his mind set for a blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury after his win over Franklin.

“I try and provide for the fans. I know who they want. They said Tyson Fury; the ball is in his court,” he said.

“I would be honoured to fight for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World.

“If he’s listening, he knows my promoter; we’ve had dialogue before, so let’s continue this. We ain’t getting any younger.”

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