Anthony Joshua’s Victory Over Jermaine Franklin Fails To Impress – ‘Terrible, Gun Shy’
Jermaine Franklin lost to Anthony Joshua on points in a heated battle where emotions ran high.
Despite Joshua’s dominance over his opponent, the fight did not end as quickly or decisively as anticipated, leaving many boxing aficionados disappointed with the Brit.
Expectations had been running high prior to the bout. Following consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua had an opportunity to start things afresh.
His new trainer, Derrick James, spoke highly of the boxer, praising his ‘athleticism,’ while the chance to headline at the O2 for the first time in 7 years meant it was a new hunting ground compared to his usual surroundings.
On top of that, Joshua was headlining a main event on DAZN, a platform that has failed to convince the boxing community.
While he did emerge victorious, Joshua lacked many things that he had become so synonymous for. His explosive combinations and aggressiveness were more measured and tempered.
This was understandable given the weight of expectation to win, with Joshua even claiming that he would ‘retire’ if he came second best.
But the gun-shy Brit faces many question marks over whether he can rediscover the form that made him the former unified heavyweight champion. And so far, the answer appears to be negative.
Joshua is not the same guy anymore. His head is gone and the stuff after the fight shows it even more. He’s feeling too much pressure
— Otto Wallin (@OttoWallin) April 1, 2023
"IT WAS A TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE"
🍿 @DillianWhyte brutally honest on Anthony Joshua's performance against Jermaine Franklin.
The full interview with Dillian is available HERE ➡️ https://t.co/pLUSZt1eMs#JoshuaFranklin #DillianWhyte #BoxingFans pic.twitter.com/Kjuwi8VOBr
— IFL TV (@IFLTV) April 2, 2023
"AJ YOU STILL A B*TCH"
Jarrell Miller goes in on just about everyone after Anthony Joshua's win over Jermaine Franklin 🍿
🎬 @BigBabyMiller #JoshuaFranklin #AnthonyJoshua #JarrellMiller pic.twitter.com/9PMYZoGmDV
— IFL TV (@IFLTV) April 1, 2023
117-111 about right it was competitive but Aj pulled away 2nd half but he looked gun shy his punches at times were coming back faster than they were going out has to rid that mentality
— Enzo Maccarinelli 🏴🇮🇹 (@theRealEnzoMac) April 1, 2023