Anthony Joshua has defeated Jermaine Franklin in his comeback clash at The O2 Arena.

After 12 rounds, Joshua, fighting in front of a home crowd at the 02 Arena, was given the win by 118-111, 117-111, 117-111 on the scorecards of the three judges in this non-title fight.

This was the 33-year-old Joshua’s first win since 2020 after successive defeats by Oleksandr Usyk saw the former Olympic champion lose, and then fail to regain his global titles.

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Joshua was impressive behind his jab and landed several eye-catching uppercuts,but the British-Nigerian failed to find a knockout finish.

Meanwhile, tensions boiled over at the final bell as Joshua and Franklin’s team got caught up in an ugly confrontation but it was quickly defused.

The victory signifies a promising 2023 for AJ, having lost his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk last year.