Gareth A. Davies has reported that there are a significant number of unsold tickets for Anthony Joshua’s upcoming fight against Jermaine Franklin on April 1st, 2023, at the O2 Arena in London, indicating a concerning situation.
This situation may indicate that Joshua’s popularity is declining, given his recent track record of two back-to-back defeats and three losses in the last five fights.
As a result, Eddie Hearn might have to use his expertise to ensure the tickets are sold. According to Davies, the fans’ lack of interest in purchasing tickets to watch Joshua fight against Franklin could be their disappointment from not being able to watch Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight last year.
Not only that, but the current cost of living crisis may have made fans more selective over which events they attend.
In his comments to talk SPORT, Davies said: “Boxing fans have made their feelings known about Anthony Joshua’s bout with Jermaine Franklin on April the 1st with a lot of tickets, thousands of tickets still left unsold at the O2 Arena.
“I feel like he needs something; he needs something big. He just needs the optics that he’s back to being that big lump, that big destroyer that licks his lips and goes into battle. He needs that rawness that took him to the heavyweight title.