Anthony Joshua agrees to boxing return April 1 against Jermaine Franklin… but Eddie Hearn says fight is NOT signed

ANTHONY JOSHUA has agreed to make his boxing return against Jermaine Franklin – but the fight is NOT signed.

Coming off consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, AJ will return on April 1 at the O2 Arena.

Anthony Joshua has agreed to make his boxing comeback against Jermaine Franklin

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Anthony Joshua has agreed to make his boxing comeback against Jermaine FranklinCredit: GETTY
Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine Franklin

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Dillian Whyte beat Jermaine FranklinPhoto credit: Getty

Accordingly Sky sports newsboth Joshua and Franklin have agreed terms for the fight.

But promoter Eddie Hearn insisted that despite ongoing talks, neither have officially signed.

Hearn tells iD boxes: “The contract isn’t signed for this fight yet, but he’s the guy I think will be. He has been for a while.

“We’ll try to tie that up, April 1st is the date, you’ll get an AJ press conference next week.”

Joshua, 33, has linked up with new coach Derrick James in Texas after the double loss to Usyk, 36.

He watched from ringside in November as Dillian Whyte, 34, passed Franklin, 29, in a controversial decision victory.

It set up the two amateur-turned-pro opponents for a rematch at the Summer Stadium.

But Whyte – who beat AJ in the unpaid ranks but lost in the pros in 2015 – voiced his anger to SunSport at not getting Joshua next.

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But Hearn replied: “I feel like Franklin put up a tremendous fight with Dillian Whyte and it was a very, very competitive and close fight.

“So I don’t understand why it’s a bad fight for Anthony Joshua. Anthony Joshua has no problem fighting Dillian Whyte.

“I think it’s a stadium fight, we can do that fight next, AJ has teamed up with a new coach after losing two on the go to the pound-for-pound No. 1.

“It’s a very good fight. Competitive fight and I think the comparisons will be.

“Let’s see how Anthony Joshua does against Jermaine Franklin compared to Dillian Whyte against Jermaine Franklin and then we’ll see.”

Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua are set for a summer rematch

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Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua are set for a summer rematchPhoto credit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing

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