Joshua-Franklin kickoff press conference

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Former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Jermain Franklin faced off at the kickoff press conference for their April 1 clash at The O2 in London. AJ was accompanied by new head trainer Derrick James. Franklin brought promoter Dmitry Salita.

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    • His people had a chance to move right to Fury and opted out. I think that team is regrouping off of a few losses and is planning a slow rebuild.

    • Franklin is the real deal. it was ok for Whyte to fight this guy and get a gift for a decision but when Joshua fights this guy its a problem? STFU

      • Noccowt ,
        Aj is Much better than the victorious declining Whyte who just beat Franklin.
        And, Aj last lost by a close decision to the #2 or #1 hvwt in the world. He wasn’t ko’d, and he wasn’t beaten up.
        If you can get excited about this fight, please do so. Milking the cow can also be seen on a farm

    • I don’t disgree that he’s a live dog, but I don’t see him winning. AJ is bigger, faster, and more technically gifted. Franklin faded a bit in his last fight against an opponent who was also fading.

  • It’s not that this is a bad matchup, it’s more that it seems like a match up we should have seen at the beginning of Joshua’s career. At this point this fight just seems behind, late, and somewhat disappointing. However, it represents one last shot for Joshua to get back in the mix and a chance for Franklin to make his name off a fading heavyweight. We’ll see which one proves to be true.

  • Win or lose I hope Franklin puts in the training to give “A.J.” a very tough night out. As long as this fight is competitive.

  • AJ is done. I just dont see him being any top 5 heavyweight anymore. The hunger is gone. His belly is full.

  • Hmmm. The picture is not clear, but AJ is starting to have that Jermaine Taylor look in his eyes. Maybe one too many already. Hope the does well and gains some of his confidence back.

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