Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua returned to winning ways after edging American Jermaine Franklin by decision in London on Saturday.
It was Joshua’s first fight since losing his rematch with Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk last year.
And after 11 rounds, Joshua emerged victorious with the judges scoring the fight 118-111, 117-111, and 117-111 in his favour.
The first round commenced with Joshua in the ascendency as he looked to work his left jab.
He started to open up slightly in the second round but blood came trickling from his nose after a series of neat jabs from Franklin.
The pair started to trade blows through the third period with Joshua struggling to push through the gears, and Franklin’s slick jab was proving a real weapon as the fight reached a cagey stage going into the fifth round.
A good right hand started the fifth but Joshua continued to struggle to make a significant breakthrough with Franklin certainly in the fight.
The American continued to press forward himself at the midway point with Joshua finding himself in a real test against a slick opponent, as the pair finally exchanged in a small flurry at the end of the sixth.
Some big shots started to finally hit their target in the tenth for the British-Born Nigerian who had much more success in the stanza but Franklin continued to trade and fire back as the fight started to open up.
It all came down to the final round, with Joshua landing a big uppercut but it ultimately went to the scorecards with Joshua victorious.Copyright © 2022 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.