Anthony Joshua doesn’t want to waste anytime getting back into the ring after beating Jermaine Franklin.
The former two-time unified world heavyweight champion emerged victorious over the American last Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.
Joshua took a few big shots against the ex-Dillian Whyte opponent, exclusively live on DAZN, but he is already eager to go again after what he described as “12 light rounds”.
He posted on his Instagram story the next day, sat in a sauna, alongside the caption: “Light 12 rounds, cardio, recovery day [and in] 12 weeks I go again.
“All glory to God.”
Joshua described the fight as being a ‘light 12 rounds’, but in reality, the 33-year-old was disappointed with his display in what was his first win since December 2020 against Kubrat Pulev.
“I should have knocked him out,” the Olympic gold medal winner from the London 2012 Games said in the aftermath, “but what can I say now?
“It’s done. On to the next.”
Tyson Fury, the WBC champion who Joshua implored in the aftermath to do a deal and fight sooner rather than later, is on the radar for the potential summer showdown that has been teased, while WBO interim titlist Joe Joyce and former green and gold custodian Deontay Wilder have also been mentioned as foes that could be in the opposite corner.
The aforementioned Whyte was in attendance and trashed his British rival’s performance against the man he beat by majority decision just five months ago, with a view to drumming up interest in a rematch between the pair in the paid code after the Brixton puncher was knocked out in the seventh round by ‘AJ’ back in December 2015 when the Commonwealth, WBC International and vacant British heavyweight titles were at stake.