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.
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.