Charles Martin Is Ready To Replace Anthony Joshua In Wake Of Injury
A former champion is looking to regain a title by any means necessary. That includes finding loopholes through whatever is going on with Anthony Joshua.
Leon Margules, promoter to Charles Martin, told Sky Sports that Martin (28-2-1) is ready to fight for the IBF Heavyweight Title if Joshua is unavailable. Joshua (23-1) was seen with a knee brace recently, stating he injured himself while training. The WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion is expected to face off against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev sometime this year.
“If Joshua is injured and can’t defend on a mandatory basis, and the title becomes vacant, we’ll fight Pulev for the vacant title,” Margules, President of Warriors Boxing said. “Charles Martin is fit, ready and waiting for that opportunity. We’ve been waiting for the opportunity for a long time.”
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has stated that Joshua should be out for at least four weeks.
Martin was unbeaten before facing Joshua back in 2016. He beat Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF Heavyweight Title inside the Barclays Center in January of that year after previously holding the WBO-NABO Heavyweight Title. “Prince” was knocked down twice by Joshua a few months later in April and lost via knockout in the second round.
Martin has since gone 5-1 in six contests after that bout. He recently beat Gerald Washington this past February to become a mandatory IBF challenger. He is currently ranked second in the rankings of the IBF.
Originally set for May, the bout between Pulev and Joshua was postponed due to the coronavirus. There are rumors that the bout could take place in November, in a small venue with fans. Joshua is also rumored to face off against Tyson Fury. Martin’s team would demand the IBF look into the situation in order for Martin to get an opportunity. Now 35, Martin appears to be ready to take over boxing once again.
“I think Charles could beat Pulev,” Margules went on to say. “I think Charles could beat Joshua if they fought again. I think Charles is a totally different fighter today than he was when he went over and fought Joshua.”