David Haye has spoken out about a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Jermaine Franklin, and believes Joshua should make short work of the American.
Former Dillian Whyte opponent Franklin has emerged as a frontrunner to land a lucrative fight with ‘AJ’ and looks set to pip the likes of Otto Wallin and Demsey McKean to the post.
And although complimentary of Franklin’s boxing, Haye told Pro Boxing Fans that he doesn’t expect ‘The 989 Assassin’ to last more than four rounds against Joshua.
“He should beat Jermaine Franklin. It was a good fight he gave Dillian Whyte, so he’s shown he has some skills, a good jab and some good head movement.”
“But if ‘AJ’ can’t blast him out of there in three or four rounds, then he’s doing something wrong. He’s so much bigger and stronger, so much more athletic and punches so much harder – and he’s an Olympic gold medalist.”
“So he’s got everything in his favour, he just needs to go in there and let his hands go.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed that Joshua is set to return in April against a “top 15” opponent before a big summer rematch with old foe Whyte, potentially at an outdoor stadium
The former unified world champion had been in the market for a trainer, although Hearn also confirmed that this hunt was now over and Joshua had travelled to the US to begin camp.
Although there has been no official word on the identity of Joshua’s no coach, he is believed to have linked up with Derrick James, who boasts the likes of Errol Spence Jr and Jermell Charlo in his stable.