Haye expects Joshua to stop Charles Martin early
By Scott Gilfoid: Since winning the vacant IBF heavyweight title with an impressive third round stoppage win over the previously unbeaten Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov last month, champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) has been targeted by a number of highly ranked contenders and other champions in the division.
One of the contenders that is interested in facing Martin is unbeaten #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #5 WBA Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs). His promoter Eddie Hearn is currently working on negotiating a fight with Martin’s management for April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
If that fight takes place, Haye sees Joshua ending it quickly with a fast knockout. In other words, Haye sees Joshua bum rushing the 6’5” Martin like he’s done with his first 15 opponents he’s faced since he turned pro in 2013.
IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury thinks that the 6’5” Martin will stop Joshua if that fight takes place. He sees Joshua as too inexperienced to be fighting Martin. Fury notes how Joshua was almost taken out in the second round by his last opponent Dillian Whyte last December in their fight at the O2.
Fury suspects that Joshua’s promoter Hearn is looking to get a big payday with Joshua by putting him in with Martin in a fight that he will likely lose. I cannot say I disagree with Fury. I think Joshua is very flawed, and a fighter begging to be knocked out with his primitive fighting style. Joshua has all that useless muscle on his frame that seems to slow him down and serve no purpose at all.
Patiently waiting #AJBoxing 💯👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/aNob6SU3g0
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) February 10, 2016
I think Joshua was a far better fighter in the amateur ranks when he was fighting in the low 220s. He was faster, more limber, and using more boxing skills than he is now. As a pro, Joshua has quickly packed on 20 to 25 pounds of muscle, and he just bum rushes everybody without using any technique. It is so awful to look at. You can tell from watching Joshua that he will lose to the first opponent that is able to box him for 12 rounds and take him deep into a fight.
Great news about @AnthonyfJoshua fighting Charles Martin for IBF World Title. Just watched Martin & I predict AJ by early KO! #AndTheNew 🎉🇬🇧
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) February 9, 2016
“You have to admit once AJ [Anthony Joshua] wins IBF, Eddie Hearn should be truly commended for the perfect guidance of AJ’s career. Credit where credits due👌,” Haye said on his Twitter. “Crystal Ball tells me, myself & Anthony Joshua will clash in unification bout in 2017. Massive nights of boxing in UK over next 2 years!🇧😉”
Haye obviously needs Joshua to stay unbeaten so that the two of them can face each other in a big money fight in 2017. Nevertheless, just because Haye wants Joshua to remain unbeaten, it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
I see Martin taking Joshua deep after weathering an early storm from him, and then scoring a knockout by the 10th round. Joshua will be running on fumes by the 10th, and I see Martin tapping him with a shot that sends Joshua tumbling to the canvas in the same way that a young George Foreman was knocked out by Muhammad Ali in the 70s. I am not saying that Joshua has the punching power of a young Foreman. Joshua does not have Foreman’s power or skills. He is just a tall guy with tons of muscles that jumps on the fodder that Hearn has fed to him since he turned pro.
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