ANTHONY JOSHUA will return to the ring against American Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1.
The two-time world heavyweight champion, 33, has not fought since losing to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time in Saudi Arabia five months ago.
Anthony Joshua has not won since beating Kubrat Pulev in December 2020
Jermaine Franklin, right, lost a close decision to Dillian Whyte in November
The defeat was AJ‘s third as a professional following his knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 and schooling by Usyk in 2021.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist was then linked with a December clash against long-time British rival Tyson Fury.
But when talks broke down, it quickly became apparent Joshua would not return to the ring until 2023.
Now The Mail are claiming the paperwork for an AJ-Franklin clash is set to be signed on Monday afternoon.
The financials for the fight have been agreed, with the deal expected to be finalised imminently.
It will see Joshua return to the O2 Arena for the first time since he beat Dominic Breazeale in June 2016.
And he will be looking to secure a first win in more than two years when he faces Franklin in a make-or-break heavyweight dust-up.
Franklin, 29, saw his unbeaten pro record end with a majority decision defeat to Dillian Whyte back in November.
The Michigan-born boxer felt he did enough to win the fight – with one judge scoring it 115-115 – but the other two officials gave it 116-112 in Whyte’s favour,
Despite the loss, Franklin’s promoter, Dmitry Salita, has insisted his man would beat Joshua.
He said: “Joshua, coming off two losses, changing trainers, is vulnerable.
‘Let’s be honest. Jermaine realises it. He feels like he has his own future and path.
“He’s ready to go out there and score the upset. Some feel like it could be an upset, and some don’t. But Jermaine’s going out there looking to score the win.
“After, he wants the rematch with Dillian Whyte, and then he wants to fight the winner of [Tyson] Fury vs. Usyk.”
A loss for Joshua against Franklin could end his hopes of becoming a three-time heavyweight champion.
It will be AJ’s first non-world title bout since 2015 when he knocked out Whyte to win the British crown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you able to learn how to box?
Yes, it is possible to learn how to box. All you have to do is find a nearby boxing club and join a class. Although most gyms offer free classes to their members, it is possible to search Google for other local boxing clubs.
You’ll also need some equipment like gloves, mouthpiece, headgear, and sparring partners. Once you have this equipment, it’s time to start practicing your kicks.
What are the 7 punches of boxing?
The seven punches used in boxing include the jab (cross), hook, uppercut; straight right; left hook; and body shot. These punches will be used to attack the opponent’s head, body and legs.
What are the benefits to learning how to box?
These are the reasons you need to learn how box.
- It builds confidence. Boxing will teach you how to deal with bullies and other bullies.
- It improves your physical and mental health. Boxing is good for building muscle mass. Muscle mass makes you stronger.
- It helps you to learn self-defense skills. You learn how fight and how to protect yourself.
- It builds mental toughness. Mental toughness is important when you’re facing challenges.
- It can give you a feeling of accomplishment. Once you’ve mastered a certain technique, you’ll feel like a real boxer.
- It’s fun! It’s fun!
- It’s cheap. All you need is a pair of boxing gloves and a punching bag.
- It doesn’t require much space
How long does it take to learn to box?
Boxing is one the oldest forms of martial arts. Around 2200 BC, China hosted the first boxing match. Boxing has existed for thousands upon thousands of generations. Boxing is still a popular sport among celebrities and athletes. It takes approximately 10 months to master boxing.
It is difficult to learn boxing because there are so many movements. To perform each movement properly, you need specific muscles. It takes time to train these muscles.
Once you have mastered the art of moving your body, you are ready to start learning any type or boxing technique. Each technique will become easier over time.
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Here are the Basic Skills of Boxing
How to box effectively
Boxing is the most loved sport in the world. Two opponents fight each other to the death. Boxing rules vary from one country or another. In general, there are three types of boxing; Amateur, Professional and Olympic boxing.
Amateur boxing may be done at school, college, and university. This boxing style includes sparring sessions without protection, using padded gloves. Amateur boxing competitions typically last for three rounds, each lasting five minutes. There are many different styles of amateur boxing including Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Wrestling and others.
Boxing professionals are usually trained in clubs, gyms, or stadiums. They use protective equipment, such as mouthpieces, nose guards, shin protectors, elbow pads knee pads, waist belts and groin protectors. Six rounds of professional boxing last four minutes each. There are many different types of professional Boxing such as Boxing, MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai or Taekwondo.
Olympic boxing is done at the Olympics. Boxers wear special protective gear, which must conform to international standards. The competition lasts approximately three minutes for each round. Olympic boxing is limited to two styles: Light Flyweight and Heavyweight.
Boxing’s fundamental skills are:
- Punching techniques
- Techniques for protecting yourself
- Body movement
There are seven types: Left Hook (right hook), Right Hook (uppercut), Cross (cross), Straight, Overhand, Underhand. Each punch comes with its own technique. Some punches require more force than others. A strong uppercut for example requires a lot of force. A straight punch, on the other hand requires less power and is quicker than other punches.
There are many combinations that can be used to punch. These are combinations that combine punches to accomplish a particular goal. One combination can have many parts. For example, a left hook followed by a right cross will cause damage to the opponent’s jaw.
To defend himself from being attacked, a boxer uses his entire body. He does so by using his arms, elbows and hands as well as his knees, knees and legs.
A boxer must use his legs to defend against kicks. He raises his leg when he is hit with a kick and then moves away from the opponent. If the attacker is coming from the front, he will bend at the knees to avoid getting kicked on either side. If the attack is from the side, he will bend his knees to avoid being kicked on the side.
Because they inflict pain, elbow strikes can be very effective. You can either deliver an elbow strike directly, or indirectly. Directly means that your opponent is hit with your forearm. However, indirectly means that your elbow strike is delivered with another part or your arm.
Boxers use both their hands and arms to prevent incoming blows. To do so, they raise their fists above their head and move them towards the direction of the attack. Then, they touch the attacker’s hand.
A boxer should bend his knees in order to absorb any blows to his stomach, abdomen, chest or stomach. Knee strikes are often used for defense purposes.
When attacked, a boxer should step back and deliver counter-attacks. This will help him gain distance from his opponent. A boxer must also maintain his balance when responding to an opponent’s counter-attack.
In order to box effectively, a boxer needs to establish a stance. His stance determines how he defends himself. It determines where he will face his opponent and how he will position his body. There are many stances available to boxers. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Low stance
- High stance
- Southpaw stance
- Western stance
Boxers must maneuver around their opponent to win fights. This involves changing positions, speed, rhythm and timing.
When a boxer throws a punch, he rotates in order to increase the reach of his arm. The rotation is done at different speeds depending on the type of punch.
The effectiveness of a combination depends on the timing of each individual punch. A combination that is effective starts with a strong punch, and ends with one that is weak.
Sparring, a boxing practice session, is designed to improve your boxing skills. During sparring sessions, a boxer trains his mind as well as his body. The goal of sparring is to learn to fight, and not to get hurt.
Learning to box takes dedication and patience. To be a better boxer you need to train hard.