Anthony Joshua slams 'clown' Carl Froch and Amir Khan for 'talking s*** about me' as Brit prepares for Franklin showdown | The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA delivered a vicious verbal jab to a host of legendary British boxers who have criticised him ahead of his comeback.

AJ returns to the ring on Saturday hoping to relaunch his career against American Jermaine Franklin at the O2.

The star suffered the first defeat of his career when he came up against 25/1 underdog Andy Ruiz Jr in New York back in 2019.

The Englishman was left battered and bruised after he was knocked to the canvas four times by the hard-hitting Mexican before he went on to beat him in the rematch to regain the heavyweight titles and then defended them against Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua was then outpointed by Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as he lost his belts for a second time before he suffered a repeat in August against the Ukrainian and now knows nothing but victory over Franklin will do.

He has vowed to put his opponent into “a grave of his own digging” – but he has also come out swinging against his critics.


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Retired icons Johnny Nelson, Tony Bellew, Carl Froch and Amir Khan have all cast doubt on whether Joshua can climb back to the top of the mountain and cast aspersions on whether he is coming to the end of his career.

But AJ blasted back: “These people don’t get me. Not on my wavelength. Not at my level.

“I don’t use boxing as a platform to rant and rave and disrespect other fighters.

“If these people have something to say, say it to me. They have my number. Call me.

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“If I have something to say about you , I’ll say it face to face.

“I won’t talk about my enemies on line. I prefer to stay silent. These people want me to talk back but why should I get dragged in by clowns?”

Joshua continued: “When it was Carl talking s*** about me I messaged him direct to ask what it was all about.

“When it was Amir and that s*** about me with his wife why did he go online? At least message me.

“And then when I see these guys at a fight or somewhere they’re coming up and saying ‘hi AJ how are you?’ How does that work?

“Where I come from it’s not about getting clouts it's about results.”

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