Anthony Joshua returns to winning ways, picks up first win in two years
Former world heavyweight champion claims unanimous decision win over Franklin
Anthony Joshua picked up his first win in more than two years as he won via a unanimous decision against American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin. The former heavyweight champion defeated his adversary to end a damaging run of two defeats in the division.
Following a second defeat to Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua went under the radar in preparation for a comeback, and he secured a fight against 29-year-old Franklin, who had lost only once in his career, to Dillian Whyte.
Fighting in front of a home crowd in London, Joshua set the pace in the early rounds as he dominated, but failed to land a knockout blow. The 33-year-old took some damage in the fight but largely maintained control against his younger opponent, who did well to take him the distance. The judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 118-111 in Joshua’s favour, handing him the win deservedly. The Briton was, however, not satisfied with his performance as he felt he should have secured a knockout win.
“I respect him, he did well. I should have knocked him out but it is done. On to the next. He is here to prove himself, not roll over. I wish I could have knocked him out,” Joshua said to DAZN.
After the fight, Anthony Joshua called out WBC World Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for a potential title shot. The pair have had a botched match up in the past, but may now look to face off after Fury failed to secure a bout with Usyk.