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Anthony Joshua seals fight deal with Jermaine Franklin for April

ANTHONY Joshua has reached full agreement to fight Jermaine Franklin in his next heavyweight bout, Sky Sports has reported.

The fight has been scheduled for London on April 1, eight months after Joshua’s second defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

The Nigerian-Briton Joshua and American Franklin will hold a joint press next week after sealing the deal for their fight.

Joshua, 33, is a former World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organisation and International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion but lost his titles to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021.

He failed to reclaim the belts in a second consecutive decision defeat when he faced the Ukrainian in a rematch last August.

The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist for Great Britain is making an attempt to return to the top of heavyweight boxing with a first victory since beating Kubrat Pulev in 2020.

Franklin, 29, also lost his last fight, as he was beaten by Dillian Whyte via a majority decision in November in what was his first professional defeat.

Joshua is the more experienced of the two boxers, having had 27 fights, winning 24 (22 by knockout) and losing three.

Franklin has fought 22 times as a pro, winning 21, 14 by knockout, before his loss to Whyte.

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