Charles Martin ready to expose Anthony Joshua

martin49By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) says he’s ready to go into the O2 Arena in London, UK and make the arena his on Saturday night when he defends his IBF strap against unproven challenger Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs).

Some would say the 26-year-old Joshua is undeserving of a world title shot at this point in his still green career, but Martin decided to give him a shot anyway despite his shaky resume of less than stellar opposition.

Martin, 29, obviously made the decision to throw a bone to Joshua due to him being a pay-per-view attraction in the UK, where his fights are now routinely televised on Sky Box Office PPV. That’s a negative for Joshua’s loyal boxing fans, because it’s likely they’re going to need to pay to see him fight on PPV for the remainder of his career if he can show that he’s capable of being a top fighter in the sport.

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David Haye analyzes Martin vs. Joshua fight

haye1000By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye will be working for Sky Box Office this Saturday night as a commentator for the heavyweight title fight between IBF champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and the highly popular British fighter and 2012 London Olympics gold medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Haye not surprisingly is pulling for Joshua, who he feels will have too much heart and boxing skills for the hard hitting 6’5” Martin. However, Haye doesn’t know for sure what to expect from the 29-year-old Martin because there’s so little tape of him against talented fighters to go on.

Haye doesn’t know how Martin will fight given lack of experience against top rung competition. The only fight against a quality opponent that Martin has had was his fight against Vyacheslav Glazkov last January, and that’s a fight that ended early after Glazkov blew out a knee. But by the same token, Joshua doesn’t have any tape out on him either against quality opposition.

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Hearn: Don’t rule out Fury vs. Joshua in the summer

hearn32By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to setup a fight between Joshua and IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury next if Joshua wins his fight this Saturday night against IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin. Hearn is ready to start negotiations immediately with Fury if Joshua wins the fight, because it’s starting to look like a rematch between Fury and Wladimir Klitschko might not take place.

Hearn says that Fury looks like a fat boy compared to the heavily muscled Joshua. However, I’m not sure that Hearn realizes that muscular fighters frequently get beaten by fighters that have a fair amount of fat on them.

In other words, having a lot of muscles works against you in the sport of boxing. Now if this was something wrestling or American football, then Joshua would have a clear advantage over someone like Fury, but it’s not. Joshua looks like a dedicated weight lifter to me, and not like a serious athlete.

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Chisora predicts KO win for Joshua over Martin

joshua54By Scott Gilfoid: #9 IBF, #11 WBO, #12 WBC Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) is predicting a late knockout win for Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday night in his title challenge against IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Chisora, 32, thinks Joshua’s jab will give the 6’5” Martin problems in this fight. Chisora thinks that Joshua can knockout his opponents with his jab alone. I haven’t see this take place, so I’ll have to take Chisora’s word for it. If Joshua is able to KO his opponents with his jab, then it might some of the 40-year-old guys that he built his resume on.

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Joshua looking past Martin fight, wants Fury next

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By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) is making a mistake in looking past his opponent for this Saturday night in IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) towards a much hoped for title unification fight against IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) in the summer.

If you look at the above video of Joshua work out on the mitts, what jumps out at you is his complete lack of hand speed. Joshua has really slowed down quite a bit since he bulked up 30 pounds since turning pro just three years ago in 2013. Joshua is now like a slower version of Frank Bruno in my opinion. Joshua needs to look at some old video of him when he was 220, and get a clue that he needs to drop that weight he’s put on because he hasn’t made him a better fighter. The Joshua from 2009 would beat the same guys he’s fought as a pro but beat them easier.

Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn are practically salivating at the thought of fighting the 6’9” Fury in what would clearly be a big money fight. Unfortunately, the odds of the fight taking place under ideal conditions with both fighters being unbeaten are very slim.

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Martin: Joshua is going to get tired and I’m going to KO him

1-CHARLES MARTIN-MEDIA WORKOUT-01122015-7204By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) thinks boxing fans are making a major mistake in thinking that the inexperienced and unproven Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) is a superstar already after just three years as a pro. Both Joshua and Martin are unproven fighters at this point. The winner of the contest will be the guy with the most brains.

Martin plans on exposing the green 26-year-old Joshua when the two of them face each other this Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Martin has seen Joshua’s past fights, and he’s noticed how the 6’6”, heavily muscled Joshua starts to breath heavy when he’s pushed at a fast pace, and when he has to go rounds.

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Charles Martin: Joshua was gifted his Olympic gold medal

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) doesn’t think too highly of challenger Anthony Joshua’s Olympic credentials from the 2012 London Olympics. In fact, Martin believes that the 6’6” British Joshua was given a gift gold medal in that Olympics due to him being the Londoner fighting in front of what appeared to be a large crowd of British fans.

Having seen the 2012 Olympics, myself, I must agree with Martin. I thought Joshua should have been eliminated from competition straightaway in his first match against Cuba’s Erislandy Savon, who appeared to get the better of Joshua throughout the fight. The scoring was just nonsensical in my view, as I saw Savon landing head-snapping shots with the white portion of his gloves repeatedly and he wasn’t consistently being given points.

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Joshua: Charles Martin isn’t my toughest opponent

joshua83By Scott Gilfoid: Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) doesn’t think he’s facing the toughest opponent in his fight this Saturday night against IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, UK. In other words, it appears that Joshua is overlooking the hard hitting Martin by dismissing him as not the best opponent of his short three-year pro career.

When you get novices like Joshua dismissing world champions as threats, then you know that there’s an ego that is out of control and begging to be put in it’s place.

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Charles Martin: I won’t leave it in the judges’ hands against Joshua

1-CHARLES MARTIN-MEDIA WORKOUT-01122015-8734By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0, 21 KOs) doesn’t plan on leaving the outcome of his fight this Saturday night against Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) into the hands of the judges in their fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Martin says he’s going to make sure the judges play no part in this fight by him going out there and knocking the 6’6” Joshua out. Martin is going into hostile territory in this fight by fighting Joshua in front of what will be a huge crowd of Brits at the O2 Arena.

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Deontay Wilder wants Martin to beat Joshua

1-CHARLES MARTIN-MEDIA WORKOUT-01122015-7152By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder sees this Saturday’s contest between giant heavyweights Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua as a purely 50-50 toss up fight that is impossible for him to pick a winner in. Deontay, 6’7”, says he would like fellow American talent Martin to win the fight, but he sees it as a tough one for him.

Ultimately, Deontay thinks the 6’5” Martin’s southpaw stance and his awkward fighting style could be too much for Joshua, who came from an amateur in fighting generally predictable orthodox fighters. Facing a guy that does everything backwards like the 29-year-old Martin is going to be a whole new experience from Joshua.

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