Jermaine Franklin, has fought both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte over the last eight months, losing on the judges’ scorecards in each contest.
Now with the British duo set to rematch next month, the American has provided a prediction for the showdown and an explanation as to why.
Back in 2015, ‘AJ’ handed Dillian Whyte his first professional loss, six years after the roles were reversed and Whyte dealt Joshua with his first amateur defeat.
The pair are now preparing to do battle for a third time in the ring, with a loss likely to put an end to any title ambitions of either man and push them one step closer to retirement in a poetic rivalry that has spanned across the careers of both men.
One common factor ahead of the contest this time around is their common opponent, who both Joshua and Whyte faced in their most recent outing. Jermaine Franklin lost a controversial decision to Whyte back in November, before taking a moral victory against Joshua by taking the fight to the cards, but never truly threatening to win.
Franklin believes that Joshua will come out on top, telling Boxing Social that Whyte didn’t show enough adaptability in their fight. Despite the early finish to their first bout, he believes it goes the distance.
“I see AJ winning only because I kind of got adjusted to Dillian’s style early, and it didn’t really change. He tried to change it a little bit but he kinda stayed the same. With Anthony, he’s just gonna use his jab a lot. If he can get Dillian to the point to where he’s got him kind of stagnant or he’s not doing a lot, the jab will win the fight easy.
But, at the same time, Dillian does have a couple nice punches that he can throw. If he get in there he can do some damage, who knows how the fight may go. But I still think I got AJ coming out on points.
Joshua and Whyte will go head-to-head on August 12 at the O2 Arena in London, headlining an event that can be watched live on DAZN pay-per-view.