Anthony Joshua warns Jermaine Franklin he is digging a ‘bigger grave’ with KO threat

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has warned Jermaine Franklin that he is “digging a bigger grave” with his threats of a knockout victory in their upcoming fight.

In a recent interview, Franklin said he was confident of knocking out Joshua in the first three rounds, prompting the champion to respond with a warning.

“He's digging a bigger grave for himself,” Joshua said.

The British fighter also admitted that he was surprised by the challenger's confidence.

“That's why it's called a fight. It's a surprise,” Joshua said. “He's an unknown quantity and you've got to be careful.”

Joshua, who has a perfect professional record of 19-0, is the overwhelming favourite to retain his title when the two meet in London on April 13.

The Watford-born fighter has won all of his professional fights within the distance, but Franklin is confident of upsetting the odds.

The American fighter, who has a 16-0 record, said he is “more dangerous” than any of Joshua's previous opponents.

“I'm not one to talk a lot of trash but I'm more dangerous than any other heavyweight he's ever faced,” Franklin said.

Joshua, however, is not underestimating his opponent, and warned him that he will be in for a tough night at the O2 Arena.

“He's a tough, strong fighter and he's coming to win,” Joshua said. “He's coming to take my title and I'm ready for all comers.”

The world champion also said he is looking forward to the fight, and hopes it will be a great spectacle for the fans.

“I'm looking forward to it,” Joshua said. “It's going to be a great night of boxing, and hopefully, a great fight for the fans.”

Joshua and Franklin are set to face off in what promises to be a thrilling encounter, with the champion determined to prove he is still the best in the business.