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Anthony Joshua set to fight Jermaine Franklin

Anthony Joshua's long awaited return to boxing looks to be set in motion with the Brit set to face off with Jermaine Franklin (21-0, 14 ko's), who's sole defeat came to a narrow points loss to AJ rival, Dillian Whyte.

AJ will be entering the ring, off the back of a two loss streak, both being points decisions to the hands of Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk and will be looking to kick start his return to the top and reclaim his world titles, but looks to be facing a formidable opponent in that first step in the journey.

A lot of people had Franklin up on the scorecards when he took on the 'bodysnatcher' Dillian Whyte, so fans know that this isn't going to be an easy fight for the two-time world champion, but the fight news has come with its fair share of criticism, with many fans wishing for more of a test, throwing names such as Hrgovic, Otto Wallin and fellow countryman in Dillian Whyte.

A lot of names have been thrown at the Brit, but it looks to be set in stone that he will be making his return to the ring against Jermaine Franklin, who he himself will be looking to shake off his own recent defeat.

In a fight looking to be set for April, Joshua will be needing to create a statement when he enters the squared circle, with all of his rivals on the up and threatening to leave him behind to obscurity. Deontay Wilder made his return, cooly dispatching off Helenius, while Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk hold the belts of the division, along with their unbeaten records.

The future of the heavyweight division is starting to shape up nicely, should the right fights be made, with a lot of big names and big personalities in the division. A potential unification battle between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk looms. Deontay Wilder came back with a bang. Anthony Joshua seeks redemption and a few names lurk in the shadows awaiting their chances, in Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubouis.

No matter what can be said for AJ's next fight, there can be no denying that the future sparks promise.


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