Boxing News: Anthony Joshua beats Charles Martin, claims IBF world heavyweight title

Boxing News: Anthony Joshua beats Charles Martin, claims IBF world heavyweight title

With only two rounds, Anthony Joshua defeated American champion Charles Martin and claimed the IBF world heavy weight title on Saturday night at O2 Arena in London.

Since Martin was the first left-hander Joshua faced in his professional career, some thought that Martin would become a problem to Joshua with his southpaw stance but the results proved the boxing analysts wrong.

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Anthony Joshua floored his opponent with a massive right-hand counter and after Martin was knocked down again, the referee stopped the fight.

In the first round, Joshua started by finding his range after landing multiple right hand punches that caused the champion to be shocked with the power of his opponent.

In the second round, Charles Martin received a flashing left hook before a perfectly-timed right hand punch knocked him down that kept him on the floor for eight seconds and stood to continue the fight. Again, Joshua connected a right hand that caused the champion to be back on the floor as the referee signaled the end of the match.

It was Charles Martin first title defense since he won the title in January. He entered the arena wearing tall crown, velvet cape and a wide smile in his face. The smile soon disappeared upon being knocked down for good by his opponent in their match that lasted only for less than six minutes.

The 26-year-old boxer became Britain’s sixth bona fide heavyweight world champion and also the third boxer to win a pro heavyweight world title while still an Olympic champion.

With his victory, Joshua joined Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks as the only men to be pro heavyweight world champions while still being reigning Olympic champions.

Anthony Joshua recorded 16 knockouts out of 16 professional boxing match and has only boxed for 34 rounds in total.

Anthony Joshua is now targeting WBA and WBO title that is currently with his fellow Briton Tyson Fury who is about to have a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on July 9.

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