Anthony Joshua will face Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1.
Joshua has not fought since losing to Oleksandr Usyk for the second time in August 2022.
In September 2021, he lost his WBA, WBO, and IBF titles to the Ukrainian.
However, Joshua will face Franklin – who trained alongside Tyson Fury ahead of his fight with Dillian Whyte in November 2022 – in a must-win fight as he attempts to reclaim the heavyweight title.
Joshua and Franklin have reached an agreement on the fight’s financial terms and will sign the final paperwork later on Monday afternoon.
The fight between the two heavyweight boxers will take place on April 1 at London’s O2 Arena.
Joshua will be looking to reclaim his heavyweight title, while Franklin will be looking to avenge his loss to Whyte in November 2022.
Fury vs Joshua
Joshua looked set to face Fury in December but negotiations between the two British boxers collapsed in October after the Gypsy King grew frustrated with how long AJ’s team were taking to sign the contract.
AJ was disappointed to see the deal fall through as they had made good progress – having agreed on the financial terms of the fight, splitting the purse 60/40 in the favour of the WBC champion.
The pair had also named the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as the chosen location and agreed on the TV rights – which were said to be stumbling block. However, it wasn’t meant to be.
AJ was then linked to unbeaten Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean as the southpaw called for the fight after he won the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight belt last October.
However, Sportsmail can confirm that Joshua has agreed on a deal to face Franklin at the O2 Arena on April 1 instead.