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Jermaine Franklin: I Need To Fix Mistakes, Come Back Stronger

Atlantic City - In the Showtime co-featured bout, Jermaine Franklin (18-0, 13 KOs), widely regarded as the top American heavyweight prospect, kept his unbeaten record intact with a 10-round unanimous decision over former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Rydell Booker (25-2, 12 KOs). The judges scored the fight 99-91 and 98-92 twice.

The 25-year-old Franklin dictated the tempo throughout and was far more active and aggressive than his 38-year-old counterpart.

Booker had his moments, particularly in the early rounds when he landed several flush power shots but the youthful Franklin pulled away in the second half of the fight as Booker tired and Franklin targeted the body. Franklin averaged 54 punches per round to Booker’s 35 and led 146-94 in overall punches landed.

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“I think I had a decent performance,” said the Saginaw, Mich. native. “There’s some stuff I could work on. I over-crowded myself a little bit and I was a little over-anxious. He had a lot more experience than me and used it to his advantage. He could see what I was doing.

“I learned to stay more patient because I had him hurt a few times, but once I got over-anxious, my whole game plan went out the window. I started messing up and making crazy mistakes I shouldn’t have. Now it’s back to the drawing board to work on my mistakes and come out bigger and badder next time.”

“I felt he out-hustled me, but it was a lot closer than how the judges scored it,” said Booker. “He was missing me a lot more than it looked. I slipped a lot of shots and hit him clean.

“I knew he would bring the pressure, but he needs a lot of work. He stays too centered with his head. He's alright. What he has on his side is youth. I'd rate my performance about a seven. I had a training camp injury I was dealing with. I'm going to stay active and come back stronger than ever.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by spark3 on 04-14-2019

Definitely wasn't near the caliber of boxing I enjoy seeing. If Jermaine wants to move forward and be taken seriously, he will need a good team to help him get there. Start with an experienced trainer and a good conditioning…

Comment by Chetter1 on 04-14-2019

One mistake is you need a real trainer. You also need some better conditioning if you’re going to make a serious run at anything. There’s some holes in your game that someone could fix if they knew what they were…

Comment by jreckoning on 04-14-2019

I swear every counter Booker threw, Franklin got hit with. His activity saved him, not skills. Definitely a big WIP.

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 04-14-2019

future victim of Efe Ajagba

Comment by giant_king on 04-14-2019

Yea good point he needs to get in shape.i really can't see him making to much noise in today era of hw.he to short lol.in today hw division you need to be 6ft5 and up

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