“the worst time to face me” says Joshua before his fight against Franklin

Anthony Joshua is in great shape and assures that Jermaine Franklin, his next opponent, has chosen “the worst time to face him”.

British boxer Anthony Joshua, a former world heavyweight champion, claimed on Wednesday, three days before his fight against Jermaine Franklin, that the American had chosen the “pire momentto confront him. “The more he talks, the more he digs his grave, but that’s the way it is. I could say a lot about him, but I respect my opponentsaid the Briton at a press conference, mocking Franklin’s threat to knock him out.

The 33-year-old Joshua is aiming for his first win since 2020, after back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk saw him lose multiple versions of his world heavyweight title, failing to win it back. The 2012 Olympic champion, with a professional record of 24 wins, including 22 by knockout, and three losses, changed coaches ahead of this weekend’s fight, with Dallas-based Derrick James taking over from Robert Garcia. “There will be entertainment no matter what. I think we will see blood and I can’t wait to go back“, he said again.

The UK native of Watford welcomed his return to a ring at London’s O2 Arena in front of his home crowd, after a failed heavyweight title unification bout between British rival Tyson Fury and Ukrainian Usyk. For the first time in eight years, Joshua will not be fighting for a world title.

For his part, Franklin lost narrowly against another Briton Dillian Whyte in November at Wembley Arena. But the American stressed that he was better prepared for this fight. “I’m more prepared, I’m in better shape and I’m ready to ignite the powder. I will win by any means possible“, did he declare.


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