Charles Martin: Tyson Fury will beat Wladimir Klitschko again
By Allan Fox: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin is just one of money people who feel that IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) will do a number on the aging Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) when they meet up again in a rematch this year.
Klitschko will be turning 40-year-old next month on March 25, and he’s not a young 40 like his brother Vitali Klitschko when he was still fighting. Vitali was still in his prime when he was 42 at the end of his career. If Wladimir aged as well as Vitali, he would have never lost to Fury in the first place.
Martin, 29, wants to fight the winner of the Klitschko-Fury 2 fight. But for that to happen, Martin will need to successfully defend his IBF title in less than two months from now on April 9 against unbeaten contender Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK. If Martin can win that fight, then he’ll be in a good position to face the Klitschko vs. Fury 2 winner.
If Martin looks too good in beating Joshua, then he may scare off Fury and Klitschko. They would have a lot of other options besides the Martin-Joshua winner to face.
“No, I wasn’t surprised [at Fury’s win over Klitschko last November],” Martin said to skysports.com. “You can’t dodge Father Time. Klitschko was a great fighter in his era. When he was in his prime, he was awesome. But we’re the young lions of the sport. You can’t do it forever, so that’s where Tyson Fury came into play and he handled his business. I take my hat off to that man for handling his business and he’s going to do the same when they fight again.”
Wladimir doesn’t seem to think he’s finished. He feels that he’ll beat Fury in the rematch. He has a chance to do the job on him, but Wladimir has looked really old in his last two fights against Fury and Bryant Jennings. He can excuse his performance in one of those fights as having a bad night at the office against a fighter with a difficult style to figure out, but he can’t explain away both performances.
Wladimir looked just as bad against Jennings as he did against Fury. The only difference was, Wladimir had the size advantage over Jennings, and he was able to just stay on the outside and jab all night long. Wladimir couldn’t do that against the 6’9” Fury. He needed to throw punches for him to have won, he was unwilling to do that because he was too afraid of missing and getting countered.
“Sure, yes, yes,” Martin said when asked if he wants to fight Fury. “All the great fighters. That’s what I want to do. I’m not here to win a world title and waste my time with defences everybody knows I can beat.”
If Martin beats Joshua, he could be given the option of fighting him again. It’s hard to imagine Joshua wanting to not face Martin in an immediate rematch unless his promoter Eddie Hearn talks him out of it. Hearn would likely want to steer Joshua away from fighting Martin a second time because two losses in a row would be fatal for Joshua’s career. If he loses to Martin, then that’s going to be a clear sign that he needs to work on his game to fix the problems that Martin exposed in beating him.
Fury is a great option for Martin because it’s a nice payday against a guy that doesn’t have a lot of punching power. Fury didn’t look like he wanted to let his hand go in his close win over Wladimir last November.
Against a big puncher like Martin, Fury would likely be less willing to let his hands go for fear of being countered with a big punch to the head.
Martin has a lot of potential big fights available to him if he beats Joshua on April 9. He just needs to take care of business to ensure that he gets to those big money fights. If Martin loses to Joshua, then he’ll be right back to where he was before he won the IBF title. Martin will likely be quickly forgotten by fans.
Klitschko and Fury are still negotiating the rematch. Fury’s trainer Peter Fury said last week that he thinks the rematch will take place in England or UAE.
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