Charles Martin has taken a swipe at Anthony Joshua ahead of their fight this weekend at the O2 Arena in London.Charles Martin who would be looking to defeat Joshua insists Joshua can’t box and all he’s got is just power and will be looking to outsmart Joshua in the ring.
“Pit-pat, prod-prod,’ he said. ’Your boy’s so awkward. Can’t really box because he can’t move. Yeah he’s a big bloke but if he bends his knee once in our fight I’ll be real impressed.’Martin knows those words could come back to haunt him in London’s O2 Arena but he laughs off the knock-out punching threat of our reigning Olympic champion.Yeah, Joshua does have power but that’s all he’s got,’ says Martin. ‘When that doesn’t work there’s nowhere else to go. And how’ he going to land on me? I’m sooooo….elusive.’I’m not only heavy-handed like him,’ he says with a pretend menacing chuckle. ‘I’m real sneaky, too. And the winner of this fight will be the one who’s smarter.When I first started at heavyweight I only weighed about 200lbs but experienced guys as heavy as 300lbs couldn’t catch me. If Joshua commits to coming after me too hard he will walk onto a counter-punch. Bad news.”
Martin has won the world title as a virtual novice himself, with only nine more fights than Joshua, but he says he has made the unusual step of crossing the Atlantic for his first defence because he wants to dispose of AJ before he garners more experience.”Joshua thinks he’s the next superstar heavyweight,’ he says. ‘Quite a lot of people seem to agree. So I’m here to knock him off my list early.’The very large purse offered by promoter Eddie Hearn – reportedly in the region of £2.5million – may have something to do with this decision, but Martin adds: ‘I’m not bothered about the money.‘My process is spiritual. I don’t do stress. I won’t have a grey hair before I’m 60, I block out all the negatives”.
Martin understands the kind of crowd he is expectingto meet at the 02 Arena with tickets sold out and knows the crowd would be behind Anthony Joshua but is hoping to draw from the crowd’s negativity against him.”I know the big crowd will be against me but I will draw on their energy. I just love it when all eyes are upon me. Another reason for coming is to have an international showcase for my ability. I didn’t get the chance to unveil my full arsenal the night I won the title.’Martin picked up the IBF belt vacated by Tyson Fury when Vyacheslav Glazkov collapsed in the third round with severely ruptured knee ligaments and was unable to continue.‘The world needs to see me at my best,’ he says, believing that Joshua’s inexperience will help him in that enterprise.Yet he was a late starter in the ring. He turned to boxing at the age of 19 after realising that his life was going nowhere.I see pretty much everything coming,’ says Martin. ‘When a fight starts most guys are rushing. For me, it all slows down and I can make my decisions with calm.Love London,’ he says. ‘All the English people are great with me. I know they will be rooting for their guy on Saturday night. That’s okay. Can’t wait to give them a wave.‘I like it here so much I’ll gladly come back for a title unification fight with Tyson Fury. I’m a nomad by nature and I’m getting the feel for travelling the world to establish my legacy.”