Anthony Joshua Gets Back to Winning Ways with New Trainer Derrick James
Anthony Joshua returned to the ring on Saturday night at O2 Arena in London, hoping to get back to winning ways after two consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk. In front of a packed crowd, the former heavyweight champion faced Jermaine Franklin and emerged victorious with a comfortable win.
Although not the most spectacular performance of his career, Joshua was able to out-land Franklin throughout the 12 rounds. The judges unanimously gave him the win, with scores of 118-111, 117-111, and 117-111.
This was Joshua's first fight since December 2020 when he knocked out Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round. Joshua had lost his previous two fights to Usyk, but with a new trainer, Derrick James, in his corner, he was able to regain his confidence and put on a convincing performance.
Franklin, who lost to Dillian Whyte in his last fight, came into this bout 22 pounds lighter, but he failed to put up a competitive fight against Joshua. He lacked the power to hurt Joshua and needed a knockout to win by the time the final round came around.
Joshua's uppercut in the final round sealed the victory and nearly caused a brawl as he tapped Franklin on the back of the head. However, they were separated before things got out of hand.
Despite not being at his best, Joshua was happy with the win, especially after the previous losses. With a new trainer in his corner, he is optimistic about his future and eager to regain his place at the top of the heavyweight division.
Anthony Joshua may not have been at his best on Saturday night, but he was able to comfortably win against Jermaine Franklin with a convincing performance. With a new trainer in his corner, Joshua is looking to bounce back and regain his place as one of the top heavyweight boxers in the world.