Exciting new prospect, Joshua Frankham, seeks to emulate the success of his cousin, Tyson Fury

By Fraser Cox

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with newly professional boxer, Joshua Frankham, cousin of the one and only, Tyson Fury. The young Super Welterweight signed with Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions a matter of months ago and was scheduled to make his debut on the undercard of Daniel Dubois versus Joe Joyce, April 11th, at the 02 Arena.

Having been forced to wait patiently for his highly anticipated first outing, Joshua is itching to jump into the ring and showcase his talent on Saturday night. Although he is commonly known as a cousin of the ‘Gypsy King’, Frankham is determined to create his own pathway and build a legacy.

Joshua started boxing at a young age and reveals that, at the time, it wasn’t necessarily his goal to turn professional. Upon spending a year away from the sport, and having time to consider his potential, Joshua decided to knuckle down and make a go of it. His talent soon became evident.

“I got into boxing when I was about 9 or 10-years-old. I was a little bit overweight, so my dad took me to the gym. I don’t think he ever really wanted me to box, it was just more to get the weight off. I ended up having a few bouts and did schoolboys. My first club was called Tadley, next, I moved to Pinewood Star; then, when I was about 15, we moved to the Ring amateur boxing club, which is where I won all my titles.

I wasn’t that good as a schoolboy boxer – never really trained hard. I got to 14, had a year off, and I thought: if I’m going to do it properly, I’m going to give it a go now. That was when we moved to the Ring boxing club. I was involved in every National final until I was 16 or 17. I had 27 amateur fights, only 6 losses. I probably had 6 or 7 of those fights as a schoolboy before I had the year off; the rest of them were from 15-years-old.

I’m only 21, I’ve got to take my time, but I think now is the perfect timing. I haven’t boxed for three years, so it’s been a while out of the ring – I’m looking forward to it.

At the minute I’m only doing four rounds, so I haven’t had to make a lot of adjustments, except for slipping and catching shots. The adjustments will start when I’m doing 6, 8, 10, 12 round fights and learning how to manage rounds properly.

I’m trained by Wayne Batten in Southampton. I live in Reading, but it’s only forty-five minutes from Southampton, so a trip down there every day isn’t too bad. I’ve been with Wayne about a year now. We’ve got a good stable at the minute: Mark Chamberlain, he’s had 6 or 7 fights and undefeated, big puncher. Ryan Garner, he’s a very good talent. My cousin, Levi Frankham, is about to turn professional as well; he won five or six national titles as an amateur. We’re all young prospects coming through.”

After securing the all-important signing with Frank Warren, Joshua was able to reap the benefits of ‘lockdown’, by combining elements of training as well as spending time with his family. He also looks ahead to what the remainder of the year could have in store.

“I always wanted to be with Frank Warren. We had a meeting and it all went well from there. I was supposed to have my debut on the Dubois versus Joyce card, which was scheduled to take place back in April. Obviously, that didn’t happen, so now we look forward to this one.

Tyson sent Frank a text saying: ‘Look after him’, so I’m forever grateful for that from Tyson.

I had an idea I’d be boxing in September about a month ago. I’ve been on and off throughout ‘lockdown’, but I’ve been in training camp for about 7 weeks. It’s been tough getting sparring partners and I’ve only been sparring for the last couple of weeks. It’s the only thing I could have had a bit more of, but, if I’m not ready now, I’m never going to be ready.

I didn’t mind ‘lockdown’. I was training every day with my brother, going on bike rides, chilling out and having barbeques. I spent more time with my family, too.

I just want to perform to the best of my ability and hopefully get the full four rounds in. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually boxed, so I’m expecting a little bit of ring rust.

I don’t want to rush anything, but I do want to keep as active as I can. I know this year’s going to be hard. Maybe I’ll end up with two or three fights. As long as I can get out a couple of times this year, I’ll be happy.”

Whilst the Super Welterweight division may not be the most talked about, it still possesses its fair share of quality operators. Joshua believes it is bursting with English talent.