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Jermaine Franklin ready to upset the apple cart against Dillian Whyte on Saturday night

Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin 21-0 (14) is looking to spoil the party when he takes on former world title challenger Dillian Whyte 28-3 (19) at Wembley Arena in London, England on Saturday night.

“This is my chance to show that I can go toe-to-toe with any heavyweight in the world,” said Franklin. “I’ve had a great training camp and I’m super motivated to be in the UK and win on my opponent’s home turf. I’m coming to finish him, so he better not be looking past me.”

Franklin’s promoter Dmitry Salita believe all his charge needs is an opportunity to shine.

“Everybody knows that Jermaine has tremendous skill and heart, but they’re going to see him take it to another level against Dillian Whyte,” said Salita.

“He’s been a big part of the comeback for boxing in Michigan and I truly believe that after Saturday night, he’s going to be one of the first guys you have to mention when talking about boxing in and around the area.

“The sky is the limit for him and I know that he’s doing everything possible to put on the best performance of his career in this fight.”

It will be the 29-year-old American’s first fight abroad. It will also be Whyte’s first outing since being knocked out in the sixth round by Tyson Fury in April in his bid for the WBC heavyweight championship.

Franklin has firm plans for the future but insists he is not overlooking Whyte, whose promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing is already talking up a potential bout for the 35-year-old Brit against former WBA, WBO and IBF champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22) in the new year.

Franklin is planning on throwing a spanner in the works.

“I’ve never looked past any fighter and I’m not going to start with Dillian Whyte,” said Franklin. “I know that nothing I want happens unless I go in there and be the fighter that I know I am.

“Anthony Joshua is another big name and everyone knows that’s who Whyte wants next. But I’m here to spoil his party and step right in there to add Joshua’s name to my resume as well. No one can deny me my shot after that.”

Whyte will be a big step up in class for Franklin, whose best scalps are Pavel Sour, Jerry Forrest and Rydell Booker.

But Salita says his charge is more than ready for the challenge.

“Jermaine is more than worthy of this opportunity in front of him and he still hasn’t shown all his full potential as a fighter,” said Salita.

“I strongly believe that he’s primed to really have a breakout night. After he shows what he can do against Whyte, everyone is going to want to see him against Anthony Joshua next.”