Michigan’s Jermaine Franklin (21-1-0, 14KOs) has reportedly been ‘finalised’ as the comeback opponent for Anthony Joshua (24-3-0, 21KOs) on April 1st, according to Boxing Scene.

London’s O2 Arena will host the event.

Australia’s Demsey McKean was initially rumoured to take on the Brit in April but it now appears Franklin has been given the nod.

The American lost a contentious majority decision to Dillian Whyte at London’s O2 Arena in November.

Franklin was left feeling hard done by, believing he deserved to have his hand raised after twelve rounds in the capital.

Nevertheless, the 29-year-old now looks set to take on former two-time heavyweight champion Joshua in a potential career-changing contest.

Joshua suffered defeat to Oleksandr Usyk for a second time in their Saudi Arabia rematch in August. Picture by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Joshua suffered his second defeat in as many outings to Oleksandr Usyk in August via split-decision.

His next fight will be his first without a world title on the line since his 2015 victory over the aforementioned Whyte for the British heavyweight title.

A second fight with Whyte looks poised for the summer, providing ‘AJ’ can secure victory on April 1st.

The full BoxingScene article can be found here.

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