Joshua is back as Hearn announces heavyweight comeback for April 1

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Anthony Joshua will make his long-awaited return to the ring on April 1 at the O2 Arena live on DAZN PPV against Jermaine Franklin. The American impressed fans with his fine showing against Dillian Whyte back in November, taking the Body Snatcher down to the wire, in a fight many had written him off in. 

‘All terms’ had reportedly been agreed upon as of last week and Express Sport understands that Franklin is set to receive a guaranteed purse of around £800,000, plus a chunk of the PPV pot which could boost his overall payday up to in excess of £2million.

Joshua has been out of action since sustaining his second consecutive loss to Oleksandr Usyk six months ago. The Watford powerhouse is looking to rebuild his career and has a three-fight plan in place for a third run at heavyweight gold.

Providing all goes well against Franklin, Joshua is expected to box Whyte in June before closing out the year with a blockbuster showdown against either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder. But the 989 Assassin is out to spoil those plans.  

“I’m ready to show the world why it’s time for me to take my place at the top of the Heavyweight division,” said Franklin. “Joshua had his time.  It’s my time to shock the world! This fight isn’t going to the judge’s card. I will have win number 22 come April 1. That ain’t no April Fool’s joke.”

“I’m looking forward to stepping back into the ring on April 1 at The O2 in London.” said Joshua. “Mentally and physically I feel ready. I want to put on a show and impress my coach as he has high standards. Franklin has a good style and a great attitude, which he has shown in recent fights. This will be my first fight broadcast on DAZN in the UK and it will be globally available on the platform. I want to thank DAZN for supporting both myself and the sport of boxing as a whole. I would also like to thank the team at 258 and Matchroom Boxing.”


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