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Who is Jermaine Franklin? Record, stats & bio for Anthony Joshua opponent in 2023 boxing fight

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In November 2022, American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin performed very well in a majority decision loss to Dillian Whyte. Well, his prize for that impressive showing is a huge opportunity against former two-time unified champion Anthony Joshua.

The bout, plus undercard action, will be broadcast live by DAZN from the O2 Arena in London on April 1.

Prior to the Whyte setback, Franklin had never boxed a world-level opponent in his professional career. However, during those 12 rounds with the former world title challenger, the 29-year-old boxer-puncher displayed impressive hand speed, durability, and fighting heart.

The Whyte showdown told us a lot about the “989 Assassin”, but there’s more to tell. Here’s a primer on Franklin’s boxing career including a look into his record, stats, and previous opposition.

MORE: Join DAZN to watch Joshua vs. Franklin

Who is Jermaine Franklin?

Franklin hails from Saginaw, Michigan, and has been boxing professionally since 2015. He has an impressive record of 21-1 (14 KOs), and a 67% knockout ratio is ample proof of his hitting power.

Franklin’s best triumphs came against Rydell Booker (UD 10) and Jerry Forrest (SD 10) in 2019. He had excellent momentum at that point, but managerial issues led to an involuntary two-and-a-half-year layoff. The Michigan native knocked off the ring rust with a warm-up bout in May before signing for Whyte.

Naturally, following such a close fight on away soil, Franklin felt aggrieved at Whyte being awarded that decision.

“I felt like I got robbed,” said the visitor during his post-fight interview with DAZN. “I felt like I had done enough to [win] the decision.

“I had a seven-week camp. I did what I could. I’m down for a rematch if they’ll give it to me. I proved a lot of people wrong – that’s what we do. I prove people wrong every day. A lot of people judge, but a lot of people wouldn’t have the heart to get in the ring and fight me.”

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While a Whyte rematch has alluded him, Franklin has now been handed an even bigger opportunity . A win over Joshua would catapult Franklin into the world title mix and change his life forever.

What time is Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin?

  • Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Start time: 2 p.m. ET | 7:00 p.m. GMT | 6 a.m. AEDT
  • Main event: 5 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. AEDT (approx.)

Joshua vs. Franklin takes place on April 1. The main card starts around 2 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. GMT | 6 a.m. AEDT. Joshua and Franklin should make their way to the ring around 5 p.m. ET | 10 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. AEDT, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

How to watch Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin

Country Date Channel + Live Stream (main card)
United States Sat. April 1 DAZN
United Kingdom Sat. April 1 DAZN
Australia Sun. April 2 DAZN

The main card of Joshua vs. Franklin will air exclusively on DAZN, which is available in the U.S., U.K, and Australia, among other places.

MORE: Join DAZN to watch Joshua vs. Franklin

Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin price: How much does the card cost? 

Good news, boxing fans! The Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin is not a PPV fight (the first Joshua fight in eight years to not be on PPV), meaning you can catch all of the action by signing up for a DAZN subscription with no added price. 

To watch Joshua vs Franklin, you can either pay for a DAZN monthly subscription or an annual subscription. Here are the price breakdowns by region:

  • DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99, $20 in Canada, £9.99 in the U.K., 13.99 AUD
  • DAZN annual subscription: $99.99, $150 in Canada, £99.99 in the U.K.

Jermaine Franklin record, stats, bio

  • Nationality: American
  • Born: October 21, 1993
  • Height: 6-2
  • Reach: 77 inches
  • Total fights: 22
  • Record: 21-1 with 14 wins via knockout

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Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin fight card

  • Anthony Joshua vs. Jermaine Franklin, Heavyweights


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