Results: Anthony Joshua won by unanimous decision 118-111, 117-111, 117-111 over Jermaine Franklin
5:29 p.m. ET update Joshua makes his way to the ring, ready to put on a show at the O2 Arena!
This weekend two heavyweights collide as Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) and Jermaine Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) are scheduled for 12 rounds at the O2 Arena in London, England. The fight is the main event and is set to take place this Saturday, April 1.
Joshua vs. Franklin will be streamed on DAZN. The main card is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET, with main event walks projected at 5:41 p.m. ET, depending on the length of the undercard fights.
Despite suffering a shocking upset loss to Andy Ruiz in 2019, Joshua went back to the drawing board and defeated Ruiz in a rematch later that year. But, since reclaiming his coveted unified titles, he has dropped two in a row to unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua needs a win to get back on track.
Franklin is taking another bout in the UK shortly after suffering his first professional loss at the hands of Dillian Whyte via majority decision last November at Wembley Arena. The 29-year-old had won his first 21 fights before that loss. He is now looking to cement his legacy and land an upset win that could propel his career.
Joshua comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -1200 favorite while Franklin is a +700 underdog.
Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin round-by-round results
Round 1: Joshua 10-9
Early jabs from Joshua, establishing it well early. Looks to follow it up with a right hand. The two tie up for a second, Franklin not throwing as much. Not too busy, the two exchange some words after the bell.
Round 2: Joshua 10-9 (20-18)
Joshua slowing it down a bit, not landing as effective in round 1. Franklin hanging in there and standing toe to toe with Joshua. Also throwing at a higher volume, lands a nice right that has Joshua’s nose bloody. Joshua responds to the body late.
Round 3: Franklin 10-9 (Joshua 29-28)
Franklin walks into another right hand from Joshua. Franklin pressing forward to go but AJ lands another right. AJ opening his guard a bit allowing Franklin to land. Good short jabs from Joshua, but Franklin seems unfazed. Good hook to the body from Franklin, he looks more composed here.
Round 4: Joshua 10-9 (39-37)
Joshua sticking with his jab mostly, but his right hand lacking the zip. It is not exciting, but the jab of Joshua has been the key factor in this fight. Franklin attempting to get into the head of Joshua, but not really working. Franklin having some moments but slight edge to AJ this round.
Round 5: Joshua 10-9 (49-46)
Straight left jab from AJ is very effective and Franklin’s right eye showing some wear and tear. Franklin absorbs a big right hand and remains on his feet, that one certainly hurt him but he stays in it. Franklin not landing enough and his punches look somewhat wild.
Round 6: Joshua 10-9 (59-55)
Left uppercut from AJ his best of the fight, Franklin again aiming back but to no one. Left jab is hurting Franklin and he seems to wildly attempt to land back but not connecting. Bell sounds and round ends as the others, Franklin throwing his hands and not hitting AJ.
Round 7: Joshua 10-9 (69-64)
AJ does a good job of keeping his head moving, swerves an early combination from Franklin to start the round. A minute in and the two tie up, referee quickly separates them. AJ sticking with the straight left jab and right hand combo. Franklin with a noticeable cut near the right eye. AJ lands another right hand after the jab, Franklin nods his head in approval. Joshua coasting here.
Round 8: Joshua 10-9 (79-73)
Franklin blitzing but not landing. AJ seems content with letting this one go to cards, seemingly in control of this fight. Franklin trying every approach possible here, tying up Joshua but still can’t establish a good rhythm.
Round 9: Joshua 10-9 (88-83)
Much of the same, Jermaine has run out of gas here. Continues to tie up AJ, as Joshua outclasses him with a simple jab and them right hand. Referee gives Franklin a warning, no more bear hugs and he must attempt to punch instead of grab at any chance. Franklin visibly frustrated.
Round 10: Joshua 10-9 (98-92)
Nice uppercut followed by a right hand from AJ, he seems to be following the tie ups with more punches as the fight progresses. Nice one-two from Franklin and now AJ responds with a big right uppercut. Franklin a little off balance and another right hand from Joshua, he has found his spots nicely in this round.
Round 11: Joshua 10-9 (108-100)
Franklin in some serious trouble, Joshua landing powerful shots and he needs to keep his head moving. AJ lands two jabs on the chin and Franklin struggling to keep up. Franklin gets a nice right hand counter, but Joshua in control heading into the 12th.
Round 12: Joshua 10-9 (118-110)
Franklin pressing forward, AJ avoids his combo and bounces off the ropes. The two exchange words, more tying up and AJ lands yet another nice uppercut. Franklin tries another flurry and misses every punch, then gives Joshua one nice bear hug to end it. As the round ended, some extracurriculars between AJ and Franklin’s corner. Looked like AJ went to embrace Franklin, but Jermaine was not a fan and the two had to be separated. Nonetheless, it wasn’t the prettiest but this contest is over and to the cards we go!