Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Anthony Joshua, believes that Joshua can reclaim the heavyweight championship for the third time in his career.
Anthony Joshua improved for the rematch against Ukrainian boxer, Oleksandr Usyk in August 2022, but he lost on a split decision once more. Joshua’s first match with Usyk forced him to lose all his belts.
The British heavyweight fighter, who was born to Nigerian parents, is said to have started a new training camp in the US as he prepares for his return bout on April 1 against American Jermaine Franklin.
In a match that many onlookers thought he should have won, Franklin put on a good performance against Dillian Whyte but ultimately came up short last year.
Hearn claimed in an interview with DAZN that Joshua will return to form and win the heavyweight championship again after a trip to the O2 Arena.
Hearn said, “The main man, Anthony Joshua returning to the lion’s den. It used to be the stomping ground for Anthony Joshua, the debut, Kevin Johnson, Gary Cornish, his first title, the British heavyweight fight against Dillian Whyte.
“For a long time that was home, that was the lion’s den. I think that’s going to be emotional. It’s a big fight for him against Franklin. Franklin’s coming off a great fight with Dillian Whyte, a really close fight between those two. He’s full of confidence.
“Everybody’s going to raise their game when they fight Anthony Joshua. The plan for Anthony Joshua is to see him become a world champion again. It’s about activity, it’s about enjoying himself.”