American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin will take on the former world champion in a London bout when Anthony Joshua returns to the ring in April. With three losses in his previous four fights and the loss of his world belts, Joshua has just endured the roughest stretch of his career. But in 2023, with a match versus Franklin as the opener for the 33-year-old, he will look to restore his once dreadful reputation.
Some have called for Joshua to fight Franklin instead of Dillian Whyte since the latter defeated Franklin in April, but the 29-year-old opponent is likely to give Joshua’s opponent a confidence boost. Franklin had a perfect record up until his final trip to London on November 26, when Whyte soundly defeated him at Wembley Arena.
Although a victory over Franklin wouldn’t guarantee Joshua a world title chance right away, it would show that Joshua still has the drive to merit one in the future. Depending on the outcome of what is expected to be a fascinating 2023 in the heavyweight category, a potential bout with Deontay Wilder may be in store for later this year.
But here is everything you need to know before the highly anticipated Joshua vs. Franklin O2 fight, from the date to when it kicks off in Nigerian time. We’ll also share some insight on the undercards and how you can connect to the livestream.
Date and Time for the Joshua vs. Franklin O2 fight
The bout is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at the O2 Arena in London. The main event ringwalks are scheduled for 10 p.m. GMT, 5 p.m. ET, and 11 p.m. WAT, with the event beginning at 7 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. ET, and 8 p.m. WAT. Due to the duration of the fights on the undercard, these schedules could alter.
How to connect and watch the fight live
In an intriguing move, DAZN will stream the fight live without offering a pay-per-view option. Yet, the cost of the various package deals has increased in advance of the fight. Almost 200 nations will watch the live webcast of the card (except Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Armenia and Vietnam).
But rather than signing up through a web browser, residents of Argentina, Chile, and Colombia must first download the DAZN app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play store. Fans in the UK and Ireland may also sign up for DAZN through Sky channel 429.
Who is on the Undercard?
There have only been a few matches added to the undercard thus far. Nearer to fight night, more will be confirmed, but for now, here is what is known: EBU European middleweight champion Matteo Signani versus Felix Cash, and Craig Richards versus Ricards Bolotniks (WBA Intercontinental light heavyweight title).