Matchroom Sport has confirmed that Anthony Joshua's return to the ring has been scheduled for April 1 against Jermaine Franklin.
On the back of losing his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in August, Joshua had been pencilled in for the end of December, but a re-think led to his next outing being put back until the spring.
As expected, American puncher Franklin is the opponent having lost on points to Dillian Whyte at the back end of 2022, some feeling harshly after more than matching Whyte for the majority of their contest.
Joshua's appearance at the O2 Arena is one of five new events to be confirmed by Matchroom, the first of which will be headlined by Callum Smith in Liverpool on March 11.
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On April 22, Joe Cordina is in line to make his return from a hand injury as he bids to reclaim the IBF super-featherweight title that he never lost in the ring.
The Welshman was stripped of the title after being unable to face mandatory challenger Shavkat Rakhimov, who subsequently defeated Zelfa Barrett in November, and the pair will now meet in Cardiff.