. The British star of Nigerian heritage will challenge Saturday (Apr. 1st) Franklin at the O2 Arena in London.
The former unified world heavyweight champion tipped the scales at over 110 kg in front of hundreds of fans on Friday, when his contender weighed in at just a little over 106 kg.
Since a series of defeats, Joshua has fallen to the 5th place in the world rankings but promises to fight back.
‘I know I’ve got the possibility of doing it, one hundred percent. But there’s a process to get there, I just follow my process. Pray to God, and what will be, will be.”
If Joshua wins, his promoter expects him to fight again in June and December, with a clash against WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that Joshua is a two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles twice between 2016 and 2021.
At the regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016.
As of October 2022, Joshua is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight by BoxRec, third by The Ring, and fourth by Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and ESPN, as well as the sixth-best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.
He has been ranked by BoxRec as among the world’s top 10 heavyweights since 2014 and was ranked at No. 1 at the conclusion of 2016 and 2017.
Joshua’s knockout-to-win percentage stands at 91.67%, with an overall knockout percentage of 63.64% in world heavyweight title fights.
However, Franklin fought Dillian Whyte at Wembley Arena in London, England on November 26, 2022. Whyte won by majority decision, although the decision of that fight was controversial with many scoring the fight as a draw or for Franklin winning.