Joshua to quarrel Martin for IBF title

Anthony Joshua

Joshua has 15 knockouts from 15 veteran fights

Britain’s Anthony Joshua will quarrel reigning champion Charles Martin for a IBF universe heavyweight pretension during London’s O2 Arena on 9 April.

American Martin, 29, has won 23 and drawn one of his 24 fights and kick Vyacheslav Glazkov for a empty IBF belt in January.

Joshua, 26, many recently kick Dillian Whyte with a seventh-round knockout to explain a British heavyweight title.

The Olympic champion has 15 knockouts from 15 veteran fights.

Tyson Fury was nude of a IBF pretension after he opted for a rematch opposite Glazkov’s Ukrainian compatriot Wladimir Klitschko, who he kick in November, rather than face a imperative challenger.

On 10 February, Fury named Martin alongside WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder and Klitschko as 3 boxers he wanted to quarrel in 2016.

Fury, who binds a WBA and WBO belts, has threatened to quit fighting though is set to face Klitschko in a imperative rematch in May or June.

Martin is dominant in 24 veteran fights, winning 23

Prior to a Whyte fight, Joshua had available 14 true knockouts in a initial 3 rounds.

Over his 15 bouts, he has accrued usually 32 rounds of experience, 7 of that came opposite Whyte.

“Fighting for a heavyweight universe pretension has been a dream of cave given we incited professional,” pronounced Joshua, who won bullion during a London Olympics.

“I feel absolved to have a event to spin that dream into reality. Martin is a good warrior and a inspired aspirant so we am going to have to furnish a opening of my career to explain that belt.”

The quarrel will be Martin’s initial hitch outward of a US and he has threatened to “knock out” Joshua.

He said: “I’m entrance to a UK to make a matter that we am a best heavyweight in a universe and nobody is holding my title.

“I’m universe champion, so that doesn’t meant only lay behind and make easy defences in a US. It means confronting a biggest hurdles out there.”