A battle of heavyweight fighters takes place this weekend as Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) battles Jermaine Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England on Saturday, April 1. Joshua-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.
Joshua enters this matchup after losing back-to-back fights to unified world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. The once-promising prospect who boasted an unblemished record, now finds himself fighting to get back into the top heavyweight contender conversation.
Franklin makes a trip back to the UK after his first professional loss to Dillian Whyte via majority decision last November at Wembley Arena. The 29-year-old had won his first 21 fights before that loss and is eyeing a signature win that could surge his career.
Before Joshua and Franklin clash, the undercard features a couple of worthy contenders across multiple weight divisions. Fabio Wardley (15-0, 14 KO) takes on Michael Coffie (13-3, 10 KO) for the vacant WBA Continental title in the co-main event of the night. Wardley is a skilled puncher, who is on 14 fight knockout streak. Wardley enters the bout as a -1200 favorite, while Coffie is listed as a +650 underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook.
In the third to last fight of the night, Galal Yafai (3-0, 2 KO) faces the experienced Moises Calleros (36-10-1, 19 KO) in a flyweight showdown. Yafai is a -1600 favorite and Calleros checks in as a +800 underdog. In the main event, Joshua is favored to win with odds of -1200, as Franklin opens as a +700 underdog. The favored method of victory is Joshua by knockout those odds are listed as -330, per DraftKings Sportsbook.
Full Card for Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin
Main Card (DAZN, 2:00 pm ET)
- Anthony Joshua won by unanimous decision 118-111, 117-111, 117-111 over Jermaine Franklin
118-111, 117-111, 117-111— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) April 1, 2023
Back to winning ways for @anthonyjoshua - he beats Jermaine Franklin by unanimous decision in London #JoshuaFranklin pic.twitter.com/5VEQJOlzwi
- Fabio Wardley won TKO-4 (0:45) over Michael Coffie
It's ALL OVER, @Fabio_Wardley smells blood, unloads and the ref waves it off #JoshuaFranklin pic.twitter.com/wmUc7PzJDI— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) April 1, 2023
- Galal Yafai won TKO-4 (0:44) over Moises Calleros
- Campbell Hatton won KO-1 (1:29) over Louis Fielding
- Austin Williams won TKO-8 (1:01) River Wilson-Bent
Prelims (DAZN, Social Media, 11:00 am ET)
- John Hedges won PTS (80-72) over Daniel Bocianski
- Ziyad Almaayouf won PTS (39-37) over Georgi Velichkov
- Jordan Flynn won PTS (77-75) over Kane Baker
- Benoit Huber won PTS (77-75) over Juergen Uldedaj
- Peter Kadiru won RTD-1 over Alen Lauriolle