On April 9th 2016, at the O2 Arena in London England, Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) will make his first defense of his IBF Heavyweight title.  His opponent will he England’s own, Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KO’s), a young and rising super athletic heavyweight.  Tyson Fury was stripped of the IBF title after refusing to fight his mandatory opponent, in order to have a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.

Chalres Martin defeated Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF title back in January bt TKO 3rd round, after Glazkov suffered a knee injury, and was unable to continue.  In what was a very anticlimactic fight, Martin was actually behind on the scorecards, when Glazkov suffered the untimely injury.  Martin had not fought anyone that the casual boxing fan would have heard of, and was somehow thrown into a title fight for the vacant IBF Heavyweight championship.  With his TKO victory over the injured Glazkov, Martin became one of the many underserving champions that we have today.

Anthony Joshua on the other hand has been extremely impressive in his young career thus far.  Joshua is undefeated with a record of 15-0, with all of his victories coming by knockout.  His most recent was the 7th round TKO victory over Dillan Whyte in December of 2015.  It may not have been the most impressive victory that Joshua has had in his young career, but none the less he won the fight with a huge step up in competition.  He also won the British Heavyweight title in that fight, along with retaining the WBC International & Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.  On April 9th, Joshua makes his first attempt at a World Title against Charles Martin.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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