Big Month for AJ

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by Brumsongs, Mar 12, 2023.

  1. Furious

    Furious Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    Thought it was very telling that they went for Franklin as an opponent rather than Whyte.

    You would expect Joshua to dispatch Whyte very handily. To fight a real pushover opponent like Franklin at this stage of his career is pretty revealing as to his mental state.

    Would love to know what our resident Matchroom “CV” spin doctor makes of Franklin as an opponent.
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  2. Brumsongs

    Brumsongs Member Full Member

    May 29, 2021
    If Fury beats Usyk then the Whyte fight will look really lame. AJ needs Usyk to win for his commercial appeal to revive.
  3. Furious

    Furious Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    Regardless who wins out of Fury and Usyk, I think there’d be enormous public hunger to see Fury vs Joshua or Wilder vs Joshua.

    I think either of those two may actually do better commercially than the potential commercial fight.
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  4. Brumsongs

    Brumsongs Member Full Member

    May 29, 2021
    Yes, but if Usyk loses, the days of AJ selling out stadiums to fight people like Whyte are over. His current commercial appeal hinges on Usyk being unbeatable. The Fury/Wilder fights rely on the commercial appeal of the opponent.
  5. tee_birch

    tee_birch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    I have no problem with them fighting bums etc as long as they are active. AJ does need an easy fight to regain confidence etc but when you fight twice a year and it costs £20 a month to subscribe then I do have an issue. As you can’t have it both ways
  6. Furey

    Furey EST & REG 2009 Full Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    He's coming off the back of 2 losses to arguably the p4p #1 and is working with yet another new training team so to be honest, a comeback fight with Franklin who's fresh in the minds of the UK public following a decent showing against Whyte is no real surprise and makes sense.
  7. DramaShow

    DramaShow 19 Full Member

    Dec 22, 2020
    Most of the guys on the forum said Franklin beat Whyte, so what’s the problem with Franklin as an opponent after consecutive defeats to the Pound for Pound #1 ?
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  8. Wig

    Wig Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 31, 2010
    *consecutive defeats to a feather fisted cruiser whos best win at heavy is a shot to pieces old delboy chisora
  9. fruitandnutcase

    fruitandnutcase Member Full Member

    Feb 12, 2022
    Needs to blast Franklin out between rounds 4-8 and then immediately follow this up with a Whyte-level KO followed by maybe a Wilder-level fight if he wants to try and claw his popularity back

    If AJ stops him in under 4 then the level of opposition will look poor, and if it takes longer AJ will be seen as barely getting past future gatekeepers

    Still, fairly excited. A fight is a fight and I can't be arsed to get out of my DAZN contract
  10. Beale

    Beale Well-Known Member Full Member

    Feb 13, 2023
    The CV Guru on here is allegedly a lad posting as @Mitch87 and he convinced me that Joshua's CV is on Xerox paper, the best quality paper in Rymans.

    The lad also informed the forum on the odd occasion that Wilder's CV is printed on soiled toilet paper with Fury's on recycled cardboard.

    Cannot argue with him as he has demonstrated a knowledge of CVs that nobody on here could even retain in their heads.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2023
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  11. MAD_PIGE0N

    MAD_PIGE0N ... banned Full Member

    Sep 3, 2022
    Yes, big month for AJ - while he struggles to sell any decent number of tickets against some mediocre boxer, the real tops are will be fighting for the undisputed.
  12. Furious

    Furious Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I think it's about perception really. You'd expect Joshua to beat Whyte and Franklin easily. Fighting Franklin suggests to me his confidence is shot, as a loss to someone like Whyte, who is more of a household name and someone he's had a bit of a rivalry with suggests its higher stakes.

    What us forum guys think doesn't matter too much. Joshua's main market isn't forum nerds, it's people who buy PPVs for big fights. As a result, protecting the brand is the top priority.
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  13. iamthegreatest

    iamthegreatest Active Member Full Member

    May 4, 2020
    Apparently the ticket sales haven't been great for this one. He needs a convincing KO and then Wilder/Whyte in the summer.
  14. smoking mirrors

    smoking mirrors Active Member Full Member

    Jan 14, 2023
    problem is that Franklin is the most boring opponent possible. there’s nothing to hook you other than “almost beat Dillian Whyte”, he’s an anonymous workmanlike American who somehow managed to carry Pavel Sour 10 rounds
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  15. Astro

    Astro Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2021
    I wonder if AJ vs Franklin is going to be canceled due to an injury ?