Joshua vs Franklin LIVE! Boxing updates and undercard results

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Anthony Joshua begins his latest chapter on a huge night of boxing at London’s O2 Arena. The two-time world heavyweight champion effectively puts his illustrious career on the line against Jermaine Franklin, desperately seeking a statement comeback victory after consecutive damaging defeats by Oleksandr Usyk and three losses in his last five contests.

Joshua has claimed that he will retire if he loses to the American this evening, but in reality he’s a huge favourite for a destructive triumph that could yet set up a mammoth summer showdown with Tyson Fury having bulked up to a career-heaviest weight under the tutelage of new trainer Derrick James in Dallas. But Franklin is not an opponent to underestimate, having pushed Joshua’s nemesis Dillian Whyte all the way before a contentious points defeat in November.

British heavyweight champion Fabio Wardley headlines the undercard in another intriguing battle, with the likes of Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams, Galal Yafai and Campbell Hatton all in action, though Felix Cash has pulled out of his European middleweight title challenge due to illness. Follow Joshua vs Franklin and the undercard live below!

Live updates

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Campbell Hatton takes the next steps on his professional journey next, stepping up into his first eight-rounder against the 10-7 Louis ‘Flash’ Fielding from Tamworth.

But first it’s a poignant ten-bell salute in memory of Ken Buchanan, Scotland’s former undisputed lightweight world champion who has sadly died aged 77 after a battle with dementia.

“It’s with great sadness that we have to inform you that Ken Buchanan passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning,” read a statement from his family earlier on Saturday.

“Further announcements will come and please give the family some time to process this sad news. RIP Ken, always a gentleman and one of the best champions we will ever see.”

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Williams stops Wilson-Bent

Not the perfect performance from Williams by any means, he took a while to figure out Wilson-Bent but eventually showed his furious power to force the stoppage.

He stays undefeated and moves to 14-0 with his third professional victory on UK soil.

Still really want to see Ammo against Felix Cash.

A really spirited showing from Wilson-Bent, who was the clear aggressor early on and really took the fight to Williams initially with no fear.

He drops to 14-3-1.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

The towel does come in from Wilson-Bent’s corner in the eighth!

Williams had launched sustained attack after sustained attack, raining down significant blows with both hands against a retreating opponent with little coming back.

Wilson-Bent was clearly hurt again and backed away to the ropes, which was the decisive factor for his trainer in the end.

That looked the right decision.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

“If you start to feel sorry for yourself, I’ll throw in the towel.”

Wilson-Bent receives that warning from his corner before the start of the eighth.

Can he mount a comeback or is this just a matter of time now until the stoppage?

Williams is suddenly looking so much more confident, closing the distance far more effectively and finding his range with some huge shots.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

Wilson-Bent is clinging on, tries to fight fire with fire but he’s looking exhausted now after that knockdown.

Williams smashes home another punishing left towards the bell followed by a sharp right.

Wilson-Bent had also been down again just before, but it wasn’t caused by a punch.

Williams in full control now after a frustrating start.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

Wilson-Bent is down with more than two minutes left in the seventh!

Williams uncorks a brutal left hand that knocks Wilson-Bent off his feet.

He takes a nine count and then tactically spits out his mouthguard to give himself a few more precious seconds to recover.

But Williams senses the finish now and is coming on strong, landing another huge left!

Can Wilson-Bent make it to the bell?

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

Better from Williams initially in the sixth, finding his range with the vicious left better and a straight right – but it’s still mostly single shots with no real sustained follow-up.

Despite that cut above the right eye that continues to stream with blood, Wilson-Bent fires back, setting up a beauty of a right hand straight down the pipe – set up perfectly by the left jab before the bell.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

Williams has certainly shown flashes of his talent here, but it’s all single shots with very few of those powerful combinations that he normally pieces together so well.

Despite being the clear underdog, Wilson-Bent has largely controlled the tempo of this fight through five, staying aggressive and coming forward, jabbing nicely.

But that cut has opened again and has been pouring blood, which must be obscuring the vision in his right eye.

Hopefully it doesn’t bring a premature end to his impressive performance and the corner can keep it managed between rounds.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

Yeah, it was an unfortunate and accidental clash of heads that caused that cut to Wilson-Bent.

Referee Howard Foster will be keeping a close eye on it.

Into the fifth we go in this scheduled 10-rounder in the middleweight division.

A cracking effort from Wilson-Bent thus far. He’s jabbing so well and landing some great punches on the inside.

A frustrated Williams is yet to properly settle, though he’s fired out plenty of warnings with that left.

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Williams vs Wilson-Bent

Some blood around that right eye and nose of Wilson-Bent shows the damage that Williams can inflict, even when it seems that he isn’t landing much cleanly.

Or was there a clash of heads? It’s an awkward cut.

The fourth round gets lively towards the end, with Williams finding his mark with the ruthless left but the assured Wilson-Bent reacting quickly.

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