Anthony Joshua and Jermaine Franklin
Anthony Joshua and Jermaine Franklin

Anthony Joshua v Jermaine Franklin: Heavyweight fight to be screened on DAZN's new TV channel on April 1

Anthony Joshua's heavyweight fight with Jermaine Franklin on Saturday April 1 will be the first to be screened on DAZN's new TV channel.

The former world heavyweight champion suffered a second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last August in Saudi Arabia but is a hot favourite to make a winning return to the ring at the at the O2 Arena, where he last appeared back in 2016 when beating Dominic Breazeale.

Joshua was ringside in November when Franklin lost to Dillian Whyte at Wembley Arena, the first defeat of the American’s 22-fight career.

Fight fans initially thought they'd need to subscribe to the steaming platform to watch the fight, which isn't pay-per-view, online but now they can view it more conventionally.

The Dazn Group has announced the launch of DAZN 1 HD in the UK and Ireland on Sky channel 429, which will be active from March 23 and will showcase the likes of Joshua, Canelo Álvarez, Katie Taylor and Ryan Garcia in their boxing package across the year, as well as a daily DAZN Boxing Show. 

Anthony Joshua said: "DAZN is working really hard to take sports broadcasting to new levels and bring fans closer to the action than ever before. It’s a huge element of why I wanted to commit my long-term future to the platform.

"The launch of DAZN 1 HD on channel 429 will make it even easier for fans to access my return to the ring on Saturday 1 April against Jermaine Franklin. Make sure you tune in for a spectacular night of boxing.”  

It'll also be the place to watch DAZN’s trailblazing tie up with KSI’s Misfits Boxing – the X Series - which features the biggest names in entertainment, sport and lifestyle headlining blockbuster fight nights.  

Joshua v Franklin: Big fight details

  • Date and time: Saturday, April 1, 1900 GMT
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 2200 GMT
  • TV Channel: DAZN, but not pay-per-view. However, monthly packages start at £9.99.
  • Sky Bet odds: Joshua 1/12, Franklin 6/1

What else is on DAZN?

As well as boxing, DAZN will also screen MMA, women's football, Streetleague Skateboarding, eSports, and extreme sports with Red Bull TV as well as DAZN documentaries including the recent World Cup series - Three Lions, Maradona: The Fall and The Phenomenon. 

Customers can sign up to subscribe to DAZN HD 1 from 16 March ahead of the channel going live and programming beginning on 23 March. Existing subscribers to the streaming service will not automatically have access to DAZN 1 HD and need to click here to do so.

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