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Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Predictions & Tips – Joshua To Bounce Back With KO Win

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Leigh Copson 27 Mar 2023
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  • Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin tips for Saturday, April 1
  • Fight to take place at the O2 Arena in London, England
  • Can Joshua get his career back on track after back-to-back losses?
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Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Predictions & Tips

Anthony Joshua is backed to by knock out Jermaine Franklin.

Joshua cannot afford a loss and I expect him to play safe early on and pick apart Franklin at range.

As he wears down the American he will pick up the pace and unleash his KO power once again.

  • 22 of Anthony Joshua’s 24 wins have come by KO/TKO
  • 5 of Joshua’s last 6 stoppage wins have come in rounds 7-12
  • 4 of Joshua’s last 9 fights that did not go the distance ended in round 7
  • Anthony Joshua has a 5” reach advantage

Anthony Joshua Form

Anthony Joshua has lost back-to-back fights and now has a career record of 24-3, with 22 KOs.

Joshua won the first 22 fights of his professional career before suffering a shock defeat in June 2019.

‘AJ’ was floored multiple times before being knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr in the seventh round of their world heavyweight title fight in New York.

The 33-year-old regained the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles later that year though, outclassing Ruiz Jr over 12 rounds for a unanimous decision win.

Joshua then made one successful defence of those belts, knocking out Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round, before losing them again.

This time it was the British heavyweight who was outclassed over 12 rounds, losing to former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on points.

In his next outing Joshua tried to regain those titles from Usyk, but again he came up short against the Ukrainian, losing by split decision.

That was his third defeat in five fights and he knows defeat here will leave his career in tatters.

Jermaine Franklin Form

Jermaine Franklin takes a 21-1 (14 KOs) record into the biggest fight of his professional career.

Franklin has spent almost all of his career fighting on American soil and compiled a 20-0 record there.

He fought three times in 2019, claiming decision wins against Rydell Booker, Jerry Forrest and Pavel Sour.

The 29-year-old American then ended his knockout drought in his first outing of 2022, stopping Rodney Moore in the fifth round.

However, Franklin was unable to maintain his perfect professional record when he ventured overseas for the first time in his career.

The ‘989 Assassin’ faced former world heavyweight title challenger Dillian Whyte in London last November, dropping a split decision to ‘The Body Snatcher’.

Verdict

Anthony Joshua knows his career is pretty much over if he is beaten here.

That is not expected though – he is likely to have too much skill and too much power for Jermaine Franklin.

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Value Bet: Joshua in Round 7-9 Round Group Betting @13/5 at bet365 - 2 Units
Round Tip: Joshua in Round 7 Round Betting @8/1 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Joshua in Round 7-12
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