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    JERMAINE FRANKLIN has vowed to add Anthony Joshua to his "body count" in a chilling warning ahead of their fight. The heavyweight pair have agreed to an April 1 bout at the O2 Arena with negotiations now nearing the final stages. 2Anthony Joshua is set to return on April 1 at the O2 ArenaCredit: PA Joshua, 33, is coming off consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, 36, and returns with his career and reputation on the line. Meanwhile Franklin, 29, comes back to London as an outsider again having lost a disputed decision to Dillian Whyte, 34, in November. But the fearless American is out for redemption in the capital with AJ now his new target. Franklin posted on Instagram: "I'm ready for all the smoke. Big news coming up this week. "I don’t play box! Time for the 989 assassin to take aim on body count #22 April 1. Franklin looks to have beaten southpaw duo Otto Wallin, 32, and Demsey McKean, 32, in the race to welcome Joshua back to the ring. ...
    Anthony Joshua will make his highly-anticipated return to the ring in April after suffering his second-successive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August 2022 - having previously lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian in September 2021. Joshua is in desperate need of a win - with his last victory taking place over two years ago when he faced Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.  So, the question at the forefront of everyone's mind is who will AJ face next? Sportsmail exclusively revealed that AJ had agreed terms to fight American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin on April 1 at the O2 Arena. However, boxing fans up and down the nation have been scratching their heads as to why he chose Franklin.  Franklin remains relatively unknown in the heavyweight division despite going toe-to-toe with Dillian Whyte in November 2022. The American boxer stepped into the ring with a professional record of 21 wins, 0 loses and 0 draws. He had also knocked out 14 of his 21 opponents. However, it was Whyte who emerged victorious from their bout - winning via a majority decision after their 12-round contest at Wembley Arena.  So,...
    Anthony Joshua has agreed a deal to face American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1, Sportsmail can exclusively reveal. Joshua has not stepped foot in the ring since his second-successive defeat by Oleksandr Usyk in August 2022 - having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian in September 2021.  But Joshua will face Franklin - who trained alongside Tyson Fury in the build-up to his showdown with Dillian Whyte in November 2022 - in a must-win fight as he looks to work his way back to the top of the heavyweight division. Anthony Joshua (left) will face Jermaine Franklin (right) when he returns to the ring in April RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Tim Tszyu FINALLY 'gets his long-awaited world title shot':... Liam Smith urges Chris Eubank Jnr to swerve rematch after... Liam Smith plays Sunday League football in Liverpool just... Chris Eubank Jr suffers a HORROR eye swelling after his... Share this article Share 100 shares Joshua and Franklin have agreed on the financials for the fight and will sign...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA will return to the ring against American Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1. The two-time world heavyweight champion, 33, has not fought since losing to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time in Saudi Arabia five months ago. 3Anthony Joshua has not won since beating Kubrat Pulev in December 2020Credit: AFP 3Jermaine Franklin, right, lost a close decision to Dillian Whyte in NovemberCredit: Getty The defeat was AJ's third as a professional following his knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 and schooling by Usyk in 2021. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist was then linked with a December clash against long-time British rival Tyson Fury. But when talks broke down, it quickly became apparent Joshua would not return to the ring until 2023. Now The Mail are claiming the paperwork for an AJ-Franklin clash is set to be signed on Monday afternoon. 3 The financials for the fight have been agreed, with the deal expected to be finalised imminently. It will see Joshua return to the O2 Arena for the first time since he beat...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA'S new coach has been tipped to get the former heavyweight champion "applying the pressure" again. The Brit has a huge year ahead of him as he looks to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk. 3Anthony Joshua is set to return to action in AprilCredit: Reuters Joshua, 33, has not confirmed his new coach, but is believed to be working with Derrick James. Roy Jones Jr reckons that James is a brilliant appointment, and can get AJ back to his best. Jones, 54, told Pro Boxing Fans: "Great decision, great decision. "I told him before he did it that I thought it was a great decision, a great move. "I said if you feel comfortable there, don’t keep going around looking. If you’re comfortable, stay where you’re comfortable at. “[I told him], don’t come to me, it’ll just confuse you more. And now he’ll be like, ‘Should I go here or…?’ No — don’t do that. If you’re comfortable there, stay there, where you’re at. "And then a couple of days later he said okay. "He stayed...
    JERMAINE FRANKLIN is one of three names in talks to fight Anthony Joshua - but is ready and waiting to accept a deal. AJ is in line to return on April 1 back at the O2 Arena for the first time in seven years. 3Anthony Joshua is set to return on April 1Credit: AFP 3Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine Franklin in NovemberCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing And following two defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, 36, in the space of 11 months, Joshua, 33, is primed for a confidence-building comeback bout. Franklin, 29, is alongside Aussie southpaw Demsey McKean, 32, and veteran Gerald Washington, 40, in consideration to fight AJ. His promoter Dmitriy Salita agreed a deal for the American to face Dillian Whyte, 34, in November, which ended in a disputed decision loss. Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn held talks with Salita just days ago and although no official paperwork has been exchanged, Franklin is raring to go. Salita told SunSport: "I think that Jermaine is one of the frontrunners. "Joshua is an amazing heavyweight. But...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA is in line to fight Jermaine Franklin after turning to the American for his boxing return. AJ has lost twice on the spin to Oleksandr Usyk, most recently in their Saudi Arabia rematch in August. 3Anthony Joshua is in line to fight Jermaine Franklin in his boxing returnCredit: Getty 3Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine Franklin in a disputed decisionCredit: Getty And after failed talks for a shock WBC title fight against Tyson Fury, 34, in December, Joshua, 33, took some time out the ring. Now, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed a comeback date is set for April 1 at the O2 Arena, with opponents still being evaluated. SunSport understands attention has switched to Franklin, 29, who AJ watched from ringside lose to Dillian Whyte, 34, in November. The majority-decision was disputed with many feeling the Michigan man was unfortunate to walk away beaten. It has set up a summer stadium rematch between Joshua and Whyte, who he beat in 2015. Although both are set for separate bouts in the meantime, with Joshua's set for...
    JERMAINE FRANKLIN fumed that he deserves another shot at Dillian Whyte after being "robbed" of a win. The American was on the wrong end of a disputed majority decision verdict at Wembley Arena. 2Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine Franklin on pointsCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing Franklin made his feelings known after the fight and was adamant he deserved to travel home with an upset win. He said: “I feel like I got robbed, I feel I’ve done enough to get the decision. "I felt like I won earlier rounds. I just felt I got robbed on the decision. I had a seven week camp, I’ve done what I could. "I’m down for a rematch if they give it to me, but I felt like I won, I felt like I got robbed on the decision. READ MORE IN boxing NO JOSHING Wilder ready to fight Joshua NEXT as his manager slams talk of Whyte rematch “I proved a lot of people wrong. I prove people wrong everyday , that’s what we do. "A lot of...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA is confident John Fury will not let his son walk away from boxing without the pair finally fighting. The heavyweight rivals have tried but failed to agree terms in the past for a Battle of Britain, most recently for December 3 in Wales. 3Anthony Joshua is still holding out hope of a fight with Tyson Fury 3Tyson Fury pictured with his dad JohnCredit: Stephen Dunkley/Queensberry Promotions But AJ is hoping Fury's no-nonsense father John will be the man to help finally get the fight over the line before they both retire. Joshua told iFL TV: "If you listen to what he says, it's up and down. But I'm sure he'll fight me. "I don't think his dad will let him not fight me. His dad's a proper guy. I like his dad." Joshua, 33, is coming off consecutive points losses to Oleksandr Usyk, 35, which set the Ukrainian up for a unification bout. READ MORE IN boxing NO JOSHING Wilder ready to fight Joshua NEXT as his manager slams talk of Whyte...
    DILLIAN WHYTE punched his way into a rematch with Anthony Joshua after narrowly edging past Jermaine Franklin. Whyte left Wembley Arena with a disputed majority decision win, returning for the first time since defeat to Tyson Fury. 6Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine Franklin by majority decisionCredit: Rex But Eddie Hearn warned the heavyweight and AJ could instead have different fights in early 2023 before a summer stadium rematch. So it leaves the door open for who Whyte will fight next, with several options on the table. Here, SunSport looks at the contenders in play. Anthony Joshua Joshua, 33, remains a frontrunner to face Whyte, 34, next year as the pair embraced at ringside. Hearn has opened the door to the pair rematching right away, with AJ keen to return straight into a big fight. Joshua lost to Whyte in the amateurs in 2009 but won their rematch six years later by brutal stoppage. 6Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte embraceCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing READ MORE IN boxing RUN OF THE DILL Whyte secures...
    DILLIAN WHYTE secured an Anthony Joshua rematch by the skin of his teeth after edging past Jermaine Franklin on points. The 34-year-old beat AJ in the amateurs but lost their 2015 British title battle and a third clash is all but secured after the London 2012 legend turned up to be ringside at Wembley arena for Whyte's win on Saturday. 3Dillian Whyte sets up a rematch with Anthony JoshuaCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing 3Dillian Whyte during his fight with Jermaine FranklinCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing But after Whyte drastically underperformed and the three officials called it: 115-115, 116-112 and 116-112, Joshua will not fear his own Spring comeback against his oldest foe. Franklin, 29, arrived from the US with an impressive 21-0 record but when he whipped off his top to reveal a flabby torso, ringside fans expected a cakewalk for Dillian and a Sunday morning trip to the bakery for the visitor. But Franklin showed a clever jab, a decent left hook and all the fundamentals to pose Whyte a problem. The Brixton Body Snatcher went whacking Franklin’s ribs...
    DILLIAN WHYTE is back in the boxing ring in a clash against undefeated American Jermaine Franklin TONIGHT. Whyte has been out of action since his destructive knockout loss to Tyson Fury earlier this year at Wembley Stadium. 3The pair wore football shirts at the weigh inCredit: PA 3Jermaine Franklin is 21-0 as a professional boxer The Body Snatcher was stopped in the sixth round of his clash with the Gypsy King, who retained his WBC heavyweight title. But now Whyte, who is still looking for world honours, is back in a competitive bout against 21-0 Franklin. Franklin has wins over Jerry Forrest, Pavel Sour and Rydell Booker on his CV. But his duel with Whyte will be his biggest step-up yet, and you can certainly expect some heavy duty action on the night. When is Whyte vs Franklin? Whyte's big clash with Franklin will take place TONIGHT - Saturday, November 26. The event will be held at Wembley Arena in London. Ring-walks for the main event are expected to get underway from...
    DILLIAN WHYTE'S new trainer Buddy McGirt admitted he has NEVER seen the heavyweight fight before. Whyte linked up with the esteemed American before his boxing return tonight against the unbeaten Jermaine Franklin. 2Boxing trainer Buddy McGirt with Dillian WhyteCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing And the night will also act as the first time McGirt - a former two-weight world champion - has ever seen the two headliners fight. He said: “I’m going to be 150 per cent honest with you, I don’t study anybody. "I’m not gonna sit and worry about the guy I’m training or who he’s fighting – I don’t worry about what they do. "I’m preparing my guy for anything and everything. If you prepare for one thing and look for it and it don’t happen in the fight, then it’s too damn late. READ MORE in BOXINGWHYTE VS FRANKLIN All you need to know as Body Snatcher makes ring return at Wembley Arena "But if you prepare for anything, then no matter what the other guy does, you’ve got an answer...
    DILLIAN WHYTE returns to the boxing ring TONIGHT in a clash against undefeated American Jermaine Franklin. Whyte has been out of action since his destructive knockout loss to Tyson Fury earlier this year at Wembley Stadium. 3Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin wore football shirts and their weigh inCredit: PA 3Jermaine Franklin is 21-0 as a professional boxer The Body Snatcher was stopped in the sixth round of his clash with the Gypsy King, who retained his WBC heavyweight title. But now Whyte, who is still looking for world honours, is back in a competitive bout against 21-0 Franklin. Franklin has wins over Jerry Forrest, Pavel Sour and Rydell Booker on his CV. But his duel with Whyte will be his biggest step-up yet, and you can certainly expect some heavy duty action on the night. When is Whyte vs Franklin? Whyte's big clash with Franklin will take place TONIGHT - Saturday, November 26. The event will be held at Wembley Arena in London. Ring-walks for the main event are expected to...
    DILLIAN WHYTE returns to the boxing ring next weekend in a clash with undefeated American Jermaine Franklin. Whyte has been out of action since his destructive knockout loss to Tyson Fury earlier this year at Wembley Stadium. 3Dillian Whyte returns to the ring in a clash against American Jermaine FranklinCredit: AP 3Jermaine Franklin is 21-0 as a professional boxer The Body Snatcher was stopped in the sixth round of his clash with the Gypsy King, who retained his WBC heavyweight title. But now Whyte, who is still looking for world honours, is back in a competitive bout against 21-0 Franklin. Franklin has wins over Jerry Forrest, Pavel Sour and Rydell Booker on his CV. But his duel with Whyte will be his biggest step-up yet, and you can certainly expect some heavy duty action on the night. When is Whyte vs Franklin? Whyte's big clash with Franklin will take place on Saturday, November 26. The event will be held at Wembley Arena in London. Ring-walks for the main event are expected to...
    JERMAINE FRANKLIN is a win over Dillian Whyte away from earning a multimillion dollar fight against Anthony Joshua. The unbeaten American travels to London in a bid to spoil Whyte's comeback party on Saturday at Wembley Arena. 3Jermaine Franklin faces Dillian Whyte nextCredit: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck1IowIOsvF/ 3Anthony Joshua could fight the winner between Dillian Whyte and Jermaine FranklinCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn has already said the winner will be rewarded with a mega-money payday against the returning AJ next year. It leaves it all to play for, especially for outsider Franklin, who Hearn told: “If you win this fight, you’re getting the Anthony Joshua fight. “AJ wants to fight Dillian Whyte. Maybe that’s one for the future. “But for you to come over as an American to beat a Brit in London, you will get that fight, and you will make millions of dollars. READ MORE in BOXINGPUSH OVER Fury pushed me and I twisted two ligaments in my foot, claims Whyte "So all you’ve got to do is go through this guy to...
    JERMAINE FRANKLIN claims sparring with Tyson Fury shows he won't be "f***ing around" against Dillian Whyte. Unbeaten American Franklin aims to wreck Whyte's hopes of a belated rematch with Anthony Joshua. 2Jermaine Franklin brought in Tyson Fury and David Adeleye as he prepared to take on their fellow Brit Dillian Whyte at Wembley on November 26Credit: INSTAGRAM 2Former world heavyweight king Anthony Joshua might be waiting for a message from the victor of Jermaine Franklin vs Dillian WhyteCredit: Reuters And he reckons going through his paces with WBC heavyweight king Fury plus fast-rising Londoner David Adeleye is the perfect preparation for this month's showdown at Wembley Arena. Franklin, 29, shared a picture on Twitter of himself with his two giant sparring partners. Alongside was the menacing message: “I’m not f***ing around! “Thanks Tyson Fury and David Adeleye for letting me spar.  READ MORE IN BOXING'JUST FIGHT US' Usyk urged to fight Wilder next as 'there’s no telling' what Fury will do - The champ don’t mess around and David is a beast. Time to catch another body Nov 26. “Make sure you watch the fight on...
    JERMAINE FRANKLIN could earn himself a multimillion pound fight with Anthony Joshua by beating Dillian Whyte. The undefeated travels to London's Wembley Arena on November 26 to face Whyte, returning for the first time since defeat to Tyson Fury. 3Jermaine Franklin could earn himself a fight with Anthony Joshua by beating Dillian WhyteCredit: @JermaineFrankl6 3Anthony Joshua is set to make his boxing return next year On iFL TV, Eddie Hearn told Franklin: “Of course, it’s all about the main event, Dillian Whyte returning to the ring against Jermaine Franklin. “He’s got a chance to change his life. If Jermaine Franklin beats Dillian Whyte he’s pretty much nailed on to fight Anthony Joshua and make millions and millions of dollars. “You do realize that if you win the fight, your bank account will go out of control, don’t you? "He’s coming off a defeat, he’s an elite heavyweight. You’re looking to change your life. You have the opportunity." READ MORE IN BOXING'THAT'S THE WAY IT IS' Fury BANNED from US, confirms Tommy amid 'links to mob boss Kinahan' Franklin,...
    TYSON FURY could look to get another one over old rival Dillian Whyte... by training Jermaine Franklin to beat him. Fury knocked Whyte out in April at Wembley, which was the last time either were in the ring. 2Tyson Fury knocked out Dillian Whyte in AprilCredit: Getty The WBC champion, 34, is now set to return on December 3 at Tottenham's stadium in a trilogy bout with Derek Chisora, 38,. And he is set to bring Franklin in for sparring, while the American also prepares to fight Whyte on November 26. Franklin, 29, told the Daily Mail: "I am very honoured they even invited me go to the training camp with them. "I am honoured and it's a great opportunity. I just want to learn all I can from a world champion. READ MORE IN BOXINGWHYTE NOISE Dillian Whyte to make boxing return v Jermaine Franklin on November 26 "Tyson has been in the game for a while. He comes from a family of boxers. "I am pretty sure they have got their own...
    DILLIAN WHYTE will make his boxing return on November 26 against Jermaine Franklin in his first fight since defeat to Tyson Fury. Whyte was knocked out by WBC champion Fury at Wembley in April, when challenging for the world title. 1Dillian Whyte makes his boxing return on November 26Credit: Reuters In the seven months since, he has been in negotiations with several promoters and TV networks. But Whyte has chosen to return to Eddie Hearn and sports streaming service DAZN to fight Franklin at Wembley Arena. He said: "It's great to be back, doing what I love doing. "I can't wait to get into the ring and show the world that when push comes to shove I can get right back up in Wembley and remind everyone why I was WBC number one for over four years.  "As an undefeated Heavyweight, Franklin is a dangerous guy but I'm going to teach him quite a few lessons at the OVO on November 26. "Most importantly, I'm going to teach him how to lose." MORE TO FOLLOW ...
    DILLIAN WHYTE is in talks to fight Jermaine Franklin in America on his return to the ring. The British heavyweight knocked out Alexander Povetkin in March, having been stopped by the Russian seven months earlier. 2Dillian Whyte knocked out Alexander PovetkinCredit: Dave Thompson Matchroom Boxing 2Jermaine Franklin is in talks to fight Dillian Whyte in AmericaCredit: Getty Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed afterwards that he wanted to take Whyte Stateside to help build his profile across the pond. According to Sky Sports, unbeaten Franklin, who is 20-0 with 13 KOs, has been identified as a primed opponent. Whyte has just one win in America, coming against Malcolm Tann in 2017. But he is eager to land mega-fights with either Deontay Wilder, 35, or Andy Ruiz Jr, 31, towards the end of the year. Wilder is set for a trilogy fight with Tyson Fury, 32, on July 24 in Las Vegas. And ex-champion Ruiz is in talks with Cuban Luis Ortiz, 42, having beaten Chris Arreola, 40, on his comeback fight in May. Whyte...
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