BOXING: Anthony Joshua knocks out Charles Martin;Pacquaio defeats Bradley

Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua has been crowned the IBF world heavy weight champion after knocking out former champion Charles Martin in just the second round of the bout.

Anthony Joshua is the new IBF World Heavy weight Champion
Anthony Joshua is the new IBF World Heavy weight Champion

Anthony Joshua had the champion on the back foot immediately, testing him with a series of early right-handers. It seemed only a matter of time before he connected, and when he did – less than 60 seconds into round two – the fight was over. Charles Martin was sent to the canvas, a look of incredulity across his face.The champion barely beat the referee’s count, and seconds later, he was back on the deck, thanks to another clinical right hander. It was an underwhelming defence, but that was at least in part down to a calm, composed start that gave Martin nowhere to go, allowing his raw power to get the job done with breathtaking speed.All else aside, Anthony Joshua has become a world heavyweight champion in 16 fights and 34 rounds.

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Anthony Joshua though is been calm,taking it one step at a time and is ready for anyone right now.He said “I ain’t gonna get too carried away.Every heavyweight has power, but it’s about speed. I showed him levels, I said I would. There’ll probably be some negativity, people saying Martin was easy, but a few days ago he was this big dangerous southpaw.That’s more of a dig at the critics than Martin, who Joshua is quick to applaud for coming over to London,even though it hasn’t worked out for him.The new champion is not one for bigging himself up, but there’s definitely a defiant edge here.I don’t take nonsense from no-one, but I’m humble,all the hype is good for everyone in boxing.Get behind every boxer, not just myself. They’ve been calling me out since last year.I’m going to keep grinding, keep working,when I step into the ring, I’ll be ready”.

Pacquaio also won what he called the last fight of his career,defeating Timothy Bradley 116-110, 116-110, 116-110 as scored by all three judges.

He said,”As of now I am retired,” Pacquiao said,”I am going to go home and think about it, but I want to be with my family. I want to serve the people of the Philippines.I have a commitment to my family that I’m going to retire after this, and we don’t know,” Pacquiao also said “If you ask me about if I’m coming back, maybe I enjoy by being retired and serving and helping the people”.

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