Charles Martin goes to London to show title no fluke

The title Charles Martin won is lightly regarded, & so is the way he won it.

The best evidence the heavyweight championship of the world doesn't mean as much is that Martin is among those claiming title to the throne.

But champion he is, at least in the eyes of the IBF. Martin won his piece of the title – one taken from Tyson Fury – in bizarre fashion when Vyacheslav Glazkov injure his knee & went down while throwing a punch in the third round of their January fight in New York.

p>Now Martin is in London, where he will defend his belt against Anthony Joshua, the undefeated British fighter who won the super heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. The two meet Saturday night at the O2 arena in a crossroad fight.

''They're not talking approximately me, yet it's coming,'' Martin said. ''The belt is in the right hands & we're bringing it back to America.''

On paper at least the clash looks like heavyweight material. Both fighters are big, strong punchers who have never lost as pros & both believe they are worthy of the heavyweight crown.

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The fact he had to travel overseas to defend his belt isn't lost on Martin. But the chance to prove himself to doubters – & obtain a satisfactory payday while doing it – proved tough to resist.

''I love it. I'm a performer,'' Martin said of having to fight before a hostile crowd. ''I'm not going to worry approximately them, it's not like they're blocking my vision. I'm going to keep my eyes on Joshua & batter him approximately the ring.''

British oddsmakers have installed Joshua as a huge favorite, though the fight may be a tough one to pick. While both fighters are undefeated, neither has fought top talent in the division & both are somewhat unproven.

That's especially true for Joshua, who is 15-0 with all his wins by knockout since turning pro.

''The bookmakers look at it as a business. They believe in me,'' Joshua said. ''Trust me, I'm going to handle my business come Saturday. There's going to be nothing different. There's going to be no worries, no scares. They will obtain it right.''

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Boxer Anthony Joshua of Britain during a public workout in London, Monday, April 4, 2016. There will …

While Martin holds the IBF belt, most in boxing consider Fury, another British fighter, as the legitimate champion. Fury won his piece of the title with a decision over Wladimir Klitschko, who held the heavyweight crown for a decade.

Another American, Deontay Wilder, is moreover unbeaten & has a title belt in a division that is suddenly getting some attention in boxing once again.

''Everybody's excited,'' Martin said. ''The heavyweight division is back.''

The IBF title Martin holds was actually won by Fury against Klitschko, yet he was stripped of it for refusing to make an immediate defense. The title was vacant when Martin won when Glazkov couldn't continue.

Little had happened in the fight until that point, yet Martin said he was starting to dominate.

''He started feeling what I had,'' Martin said of Glazkov. ''The man has been walking the earth for 32 years & never slipped & broke his knee. I was the one who inflicted that on him.''

Martin said he isn't so sure Joshua is as satisfactory of a fighter as British boxing fans believe.

''He was gifted a gold medal because they were looking for their greatest hope,'' Martin said. ''I'm not giving my belt up to him. It's mine.''

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