Has Anthony Joshua hit the jackpot against Charles Martin?
By Hector Franco
Every Since Vyacheslav Glazkov fell in the third round and tore a ligament in his knee awarding Charles Martin with the IBF heavyweight title; Martin has had a target on his back. It was possibly the most underwhelming heavyweight title win in the history of the sport. Martin was a relative unknown before the bout took place. Afterwards there were more questions about Martin than answers. Martin is an unproven champion and now he is taking one of the biggest money bouts available to him.
It was announced on Sunday by promoter Eddie Hearn via twitter that Charles Martin would be defending his title on April 9th against potential British superstar Anthony Joshua. The fight would take place at the o2 arena in London, England. Joshua is becoming more popular and is arguably the biggest rising star in the sport. In his last bout Joshua faced the stiffest test of his career against amateur rival Dillian Whyte. Joshua proved on that night that not only was he a draw in Britain, but also a viable contender in the division. Joshua stopped White in the seventh round. Promoter Eddie Hearn wants to take advantage of there being a belt holder in the division with limited experience. Thus the bout with Charles Martin was put together.
Charles Martin is a Al Haymon advised fighter. It looks like this year will be a year that Haymon will have his clients face off against fighters who fall under a different promotional realm. It must be said that Haymon and Hearn have worked together in the past. For example title matches such as the Kell Brook-Shawn Porter IBF welterweight bout that took place in August 2014.
This bout has plenty of meaning for Anthony Joshua. It’s his chance to prove that he is a fighter worthy of the hype behind him. Critics will treat this bout as a coronation for Joshua as the leader of the new heavyweight era. He will without question be the favorite heading into the bout against Martin. The competition between the two men is relatively similar, but Joshua has been televised all across Britain. Joshua unlike Martin has looked spectacular against his opposition. Martin has been underwhelming and unimpressive thus far.
Martin is the biggest unknown in this bout. Martin as the champion will be going into enemy territory as the underdog. Nobody is expecting much from Martin in this bout except to possibly be knocked out by Joshua. Martin is not the first world champion to go into