Undefeated heavyweights Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) and Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) will square off for the IBF heavyweight title on April 9th at the O2 Arena in London.
Martin will take to the road for his first contest outside the U.S. and to make the first defence of a belt he won in January when his opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov was forced to retire due to an injury sustained during early in their bout.
Anthony Joshua, overjoyed at the opportunity he’s been given said “Fighting for the heavyweight world title has been a dream of mine since I turned professional. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to turn that dream into reality. Charles Martin is a great fighter and a hungry competitor so I am going to have to produce the performance of my career to claim that belt.”
“I’m coming to the UK to make a statement that I am the best heavyweight in the world and no-one is taking my title,” said, Martin. “I’m the world champion, so that doesn’t mean just sit back and make easy defenses in the U.S., it means facing the biggest challenges out there. I respect Anthony Joshua and everything he has accomplished, but on April 9th he’s getting knocked out.”
Tickets for Joshua vs. Martin will be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/