- The latest boxing odds for AJ vs Franklin are live and are favoring Anthony Joshua as a -1250 favorite via FanDuel.
- Can Jermaine Franklin shock the world and end Joshua’s career with a win in London?
- We give our betting prediction for Joshua vs Franklin below.
Anthony Joshua is set to return this April 1 at the O2 in London. His opponent is none other than Jermaine Franklin (21-1), who is recently coming off a narrow loss to Dillian Whyte. Prior to the loss, Franklin was undefeated with 21 straight wins. Joshua needs this win to secure his spot back at the top for another championship-level fight later this year.
Viewers at home can stream Joshua vs Franklin via DAZN. The fight that’ll mark Joshua’s first appearance since two straight losses to Oleksandr Usyk that cost him a titles and reputation at heavyweight. We review the latest betting odds for AJ vs Franklin below.
Joshua vs Franklin Odds
The latest AJ vs Franklin odds via FanDuel Sportsbook have the former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as a -1250 favorite (92.5% win probability). Jermaine Franklin opens with similar odds to his last bout against Whyte, at +630 you can bet $100 to net $630 on the chance of an upset here.
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Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Prediction
Anthony Joshua hasn’t taken an easy fight in years – many writin the xxx year old off, due to Franklin not having the same pull as Usyk or other Europena heavyweights. Franklin’s last fight was clearly a bad call by the judges against Dillian Whyte, which caused Franklin to loss his undefeated record.
AJ will need to be focused and confidence against Franklin, we’ve seen many different versions of Joshua over the past few years. The version that will defeat Franklin will have to use his experience, power and athleticism.
Jermaine Franklin who regins from Saginaw, Michigan. has been slowing building himself up in the heavyweight division for some time now. At still only 29 years of age, Franklin has a promising future still win or lose against AJ.
Franklin has quick hands and packs a punch too, with 14 KOs out of his 21 victories. AJ will need to have his guard up to catch some of Franklin’s quick combinations, with Joshua needing to pull the trigger sooner and counter back.
This will be Franklin’s second fight on UK soil, all of his previous wins came in different locations around the U.S, such as Youngstown, Tacoma and Flint. Perhaps the American will be more prepared for war this time against Joshua.
There will be a significant reach gap of 5 inches in favor of Joshua. Another step to change up his fighting strategy is partnering up with world renowned trainer Derrick James, who’s training the likes of Errol Spence and Jermel Charlo.
The oddsmakers had Franklin has a big underdog against Whyte, which wasn’t an accurate reflection of how the fight played out. I expect to see Joshua get back in the win column here, with a KO win ratio of 88%, betting on AJ to win by knockout seems like a viable option here with him being such a big moneyline favorite.
Betting Pick: Anthony Joshua by KO.
Franklin Ready to Shine Against AJ
“I’m ready to show the world why it’s time for me to take my place at the top of the heavyweight division,” Franklin said. “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 No. 22 come April 1. That ain’t no April Fool’s joke.”
“I want to be considered as a major force in the heavyweight division,” Franklin told BoxingScene.com. “I am going to show that I am the best new heavyweight in the world. America needs a new face in heavyweight boxing, and that’s me, born and bred in Michigan.”
“My strength is my ability to adapt,” he said, “find my opponent’s weakness and expose it. I find a way to win, and I love to score spectacular knockouts. My goals are to improve with each fight, keep learning, and mastering the sweet science. Once you think you have nothing to improve on, you lose.”