Joshua denies he is afraid of Charles Martin

joshua2By Scott Gilfoid: After IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) said that he spotted fear in the eyes of his opponent #2 WBC, #2 WBO Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) during their recent face off at their first press conference, Joshua was quick to deny that he’s afraid of the 6’5” American talent.

Joshua says he has zero fear of the hard-hitting Martin. Of course, when you hear someone denying that they are afraid, it can be said that they really are. I am just saying. If Joshua is afraid of Martin, then that is okay.

It does not matter. It’s not like it’s the end of the world if Joshua is afraid of Martin. It just means that he has a healthy amount of respect for the talent of Martin, and he’s starting to realize what could happen if he lands his big shots.

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Matthew Macklin vs. Brian Rose on April 9 on Martin-Joshua card

macklin56By Scott Gilfoid: #8 IBF, #11 WBC junior middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (34-6, 22 KOs) will be facing former world title challenger Brian Rose (28-3-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout on April 9 on the undercard of the heavyweight clash between IBF champion Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

The card will be televised on Sky Box Office. The Macklin-Rose fight will take place in the 154lb division. Macklin recently moved down to that weight class in his last fight against Jason Welborn last October.

I can’t say that Macklin looks any better at 154 than he did at 160, but at least he didn’t get knocked out, so that’s a positive.

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Charles Martin: I’m not afraid of muscles [Joshua]

Image: Charles Martin: I’m not afraid of muscles [Joshua]By Scott Gilfoid: IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) says he wanted to fight unbeaten Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) a long time. Martin saw something in the 6’6” Joshua that made him want to get him inside the ring. That’s why Martin threw the 26-year-pld Joshua a bone by choosing to fight him next without him earning the shot first by becoming the IBF mandatory challenger.

As of now, Joshua is ranked at No.4 by the IBF and Martin didn’t need to fight him if he didn’t want to. Martin says he’s not afraid of big muscles, which is clearly a shot at Joshua. If you look at Joshua’s physique, he looks like a bodybuilder, and he also looks like someone who could punch holes through walls.

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Peter Fury picks Charles Martin to defeat Anthony Joshua

martin123By Scott Gilfoid: Peter Fury, the trainer for IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is favoring IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) to defeat #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #4 IBF Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) in their fight on April 9 on Sky Box Office from the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Peter notes that the 6’5” Martin is someone who will hit you back if you nail him with something, and that could be a problem for Joshua. He has been dishing it out and not getting much in return from the fodder that his promoter Eddie Hearn has been digging up for him since he signed on with his Matchroom Sport promotions in 2013.

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Martin v Joshua – Why is it such a surprise to people?

joshua100By Dean Bain: The IBF heavyweight championship will be contested in the O2 arena, London on the 9th April. IBF champion Charles Martin (23-0-1) will make his title defense against local fighter Anthony Joshua(15-0).

The reaction from around the boxing world surprises me, they seem shocked that Joshua has jumped up too many levels to fight for the title in only his 16th fight. Why though? You only have to look at both fighters records to see that this fight is 50/50. Joshua of course has not fought anyone at the top of the division but take Martins fight with Vyacheslav Glazkov away he is also very inexperienced.

Take away their last fights Martin and Joshua have fought fairly low level opposition, for me Joshua’s opponents have been a slights higher level to Martin’s and I would expect most of them to beat Martin’s opponents.

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Martin-Joshua: Why now?

joshua66By Hayesa: I’m shocked. The words uttered on most people’s lips when last week the news broke that Britain’s Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) would take a leap of faith into the unknown, taking a shot at America’s IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

This reaction was expected, and I think both fighters understand why fans have become slightly unnerved by the announcement. Let’s make one thing clear; this was not a knee jerk reaction from either fighter. Both have unbeaten records that they aim to protect. Martin, 29, has only had the privilege of calling himself the IBF champion for 1 month now, and Joshua has had no major experience at top level competition.

It begs the question, why now? Well, for both fighters it seems pretty simple. Joshua wants a world title (that’s why you continue to fight right?), and Martin presumably had quite the handsome financial offer from Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport promotions.

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Charles Martin would have taken Deontay Wilder fight if not for commitments

Image: Charles Martin would have taken Deontay Wilder fight if not for commitmentsBy Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) will be defending his title on foreign soil on April 9 against British fighter Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London, England.

It’s somewhat of a disappointment to some that the talented 6’5” Martin is choosing to travel to the UK to fight Joshua in his own country in front of his own British fans. This could prove to be a big mistake if the fight goes to the scorecards because it’s possible that Martin could find himself on the wrong end of a hometown decision.

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Hearn: Anthony Joshua will become heavyweight champion on April 9

joshua99By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn says he sees his franchise fighter Anthony Joshua’s next fight against IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) as a 50-50 fight on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. But in the next breath, Hearn insists that there’s no way that Joshua can be denied winning the IBF championship.

Hearn says he cannot see Joshua losing the fight, and he believes that his British fans will lead him to victory on the night with their cheering.

“The support he’s got from the British public to push him over the line could be the deciding factor in a very tough fight,” Hearn said to

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Froch thinks Joshua took Charles Martin fight too soon

frochBy Scott Gilfoid: If it were up to former 168lb belt holder Carl Froch, he would have waited a little longer before putting unbeaten British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) in with IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs).

Froch thinks the fight is coming a bit too soon for the 26-year-old Joshua, especially with the way he was shaken up in his last fight by Dillian Whyte when he was clipped with a hard left hand in the 2nd round.

Froch thinks that Joshua should have waited a couple of more fights before taking on the 6’5” Martin. Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn might have taken the fight out of fear that if they didn’t face the hard hitting Martin now, they might lose out on their chance due to the potential of him getting beaten by someone else before they ever get a crack at him.

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Charles Martin a bad choice for Anthony Joshua. Or not?

Image: Charles Martin a bad choice for Anthony Joshua. Or not?By Matthias Predonzan: During this month, boxing fans have been taken surprise with the announcements of the Amir Khan vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin fights. Canelo-Khan was really shocking news for everybody, and the Joshua-Martin fight announcement last Sunday was equally surprising that nobody expected. Joshua, 26, will be fighting IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) for his title on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) himself and his promoter Eddie Hearn were previously very firm stating that it was too early for him to fight for a world title. Less than 2 weeks ago, Hearn articulated precisely the reason why his fighter was not going to fight against the 29-year-old Martin.

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