Anthony Joshua returns to fight in the UK for 18 months when he takes on Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.
Joshua will be looking to rebuild after suffering consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, with it being the first time in his professional career that he has lost back-to-back fights. The 33-year-old will also be fighting without a world heavyweight title on the line for the first time since 2015.
As for Franklin, he introduced himself to the British public with a gritty display against Dillian Whyte late last year. Whyte was awarded a majority decision, but plenty of fans and pundits alike scored the bout in favour of the American as he now gets a second chance to impress on British soil.
AJ will also be returning to the O2 Arena for the first time since June 2016, with it being an arena where he has a 7-0 record. He is expected to make that 8-0 this Saturday night if the oddsmakers are to be believed, who have priced AJ as an extremely short-priced favourite to win on Saturday night. Find out how to live stream Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin here.
Continue on to find our best betting tips ahead of Joshua vs Franklin and the best betting sites to follow them with.
Best Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Betting Sites
There are plenty of UK betting sites that are available to use ahead of Saturday’s showdown. We have listed some of the best betting sites below, along with their welcome offers that can be claimed today.
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Anthony Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin Tips
Tip 1: Joshua To Win In Rounds 7-12 – 8/5 with bet365
The first of our betting tips for this fight is for Joshua to win between rounds 7-12. This price has been set at 8/5 with bet365 and looks like good value when considering the pedigree of both men. Franklin has shown durability by never being stopped in his career to date, but he is yet to be in the ring with a fighter of the calibre of Joshua. Five of AJ’s last six career victories have come between rounds 7-12 and although he will want to make a statement, it could take him a few rounds to gain his rhythm and implement what new trainer Derrick James has added to his tools.
Tip 2: Over 7.5 Rounds – 6/5 with William Hill
Another similar market that we feel has good value is over 7.5 rounds with William Hill. Joshua has seen over 7.5 rounds in each of his last four fights, with three going the full 12 rounds. Whilst we don’t anticipate this bout going the distance, we think Joshua should start to pick off Franklin in the later rounds. Franklin himself has seen over 7.5 rounds in six of his last seven professional bouts. You can also get William Hill’s 25/1 on Joshua to win or 175/1 on Franklin to win enhanced odds offer ahead of this fight.
Tip 3: Anthony Joshua to win in Round 9 – 10/1 with Betfred
If pressed to select a round for Joshua to win the fight in, we would side with round 9. His last KO victory over Kubrat Pulev came in the ninth round, as he retained patience through early joy to seal the win in the second half of the fight. The ninth round in the second fight with Usyk was also Joshua’s standout round from 24 shared with the Ukrainian, leading us to side with a round 9 KO on Saturday at 10/1.