Anthony Joshua vs Charles Martin: Let's Get Ready to Rumble!Published April 9, 2016 by Sol FH
Tonight, the boxing world gets one of the most anticipated matches live at 22:00 GMT tonight, with competitive odds at leading online sportsbooks.
Fifteen very strong, very fit, professional heavyweight boxers have felt what it is like to be on the receiving end of an Anthony Joshua power shot. To put the power of his punches into proportion, one of those men had to stop his boxing career after the UK boxing star caught him with an uppercut that left an eye-socket broken. Some say his power resembles that of Iron Mike from his heyday, but that is arguable. The only thing that is for sure is that Charles Martin had better bring his A-game or else he will be unlucky number 16.
Now, if Joshua was just a power puncher then other boxers wouldn't be as worried, but he is as accurate as they come. Matt Skelton, Joshua's seventh victim explained, “He hits hard, don’t get me wrong, but when it’s combined with accuracy that’s hard to go against.”
Tale of the Tape
Joshua is 15-0, no one has been able to beat the Olympian, but Charles Martin is no pushover himself and poses a real threat to his perfect record. Martin is the current IBF Heavyweight Champion and he too is unbeaten. Charles "Prince" Martin is 23-0-1, with 21 KO's, but this will be his first main event off US soil, without the mass of fans behind him. O2 arena could be the first time that Martin tastes the canvas, but the American is ready to go and tonight should be an incredible match.
Now, many people think that this fight will be completely one-sided, mainly because Martin didn't really need to do much to win the belt. He actually won by default after Tyson Fury declined to fight Vyacheslav Glazkov. Martin fought Glazkov but the Ukrainian suffered a knee injury giving the title to Martin. True, Martin does have a perfect record, but will he be able to beat the British monster? I don't think so.
As far as this fight is concerned, I would put my money on Joshua. I do believe that this fight will go at least 7 rounds, but I think that Martin will fall to a KO early in the eighth.
Online Betting Odds
The top sportsbooks in the world are making this match one of the biggest of all time. Bet365 has odds in favor of Joshua at 1.16, while Martin is well behind at 5.00. This is also the story at RealDeal Bet with the Brit at 1.17 and the American at 4.45. 888 Sport is also focusing on this match with Joshua the favorite at 1.18 and Martin at 4.75.