What Is Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin’s Goal Within The Division?
Over the past few months, boxing’s heavyweight division has seen a rise in international stars. Kubrat Pulev, Oleksandr Usyk, and Dillian Whyte are just a few examples of potential challengers for heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. With Deontay Wilder the last big heavyweight champion to come from America, Jermaine Franklin is looking to change all of that.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Jermaine Franklin believes the heavyweight division is in need of some new blood. With Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. losing on behalf of North America recently, Franklin is ready to return the world titles to America.
“Yeah, we’ve got to get them back,” Franklin stated. “Between America and Britain, there’s always been something about boxing, we always go back and forth… They (America’s) got a new heavyweight, they got me to save them. People are starting to wake up and see me. The world will see me next. I’m right here.”
Franklin (20-0) turned professional in 2015 following an amateur career that resulted in him being a Golden Gloves winner. The 26-year-old has slowly been facing some of the top heavyweights out there. He has beaten the likes of Tyrell Wright, Rydell Booker, and Jerry Forrest. With 13 wins via knockout, Franklin’s last win was against Pavel Sour in October via unanimous decision.
Wilder lost the WBC Heavyweight Title to Tyson Fury back in February. Meanwhile, following his upset win against Anthony Joshua, Ruiz lost to Joshua in a rematch in Saudi Arabia. Franklin has studied both men and everyone else within the heavyweight division. Now with Showtime and Salita Promotions, Franklin is ready to show he belongs.
Ranging from 230-250 pounds, Franklin, who is 6’2, is ready to prove to the world he is the next best thing in boxing. He hopes to be just like his hero, Evander Holyfield.
“The fact that the small man can take down the big man, and the fact that the small man overcame the jab,” Franklin went on to say. “Riddick Bowe had a nice jab and a one-two. Holyfield overcame, he adjusted, and he was able to get in with those short hooks.”