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Joshua to challenge Martin for IBF title

Photo Courtesy: Telegraph

Photo Courtesy: Telegraph

Newly minted IBF heavyweight titlist Charles Martin will travel to London to make his first defense against Anthony Joshua MBE at The O2 in London on April 9.

Martin won the vacant title in January against Vyacheslav Glazkov, when Glazkov injured his leg and was unable to continue.

“Fighting for the heavyweight world title has been a dream of mine since I turned professional,” said Joshua. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to turn that dream in to reality. Not only that, having the chance to fight for it in my home town at The O2 and live on Sky Sports is unbelievably exciting. Charles Martin is a great fighter and a hungry competitor so I am going to have to produce the performance of my career to claim that belt.”

“I told my team I wanted the best challenger possible for my first defense and Anthony Joshua’s name kept coming up,” said Martin. “I’m coming to the UK to make a statement that I am the best heavyweight in the world and no-one is taking my title.

Tickets, priced between £40 and £500 will go on sale this Wednesday for Matchroom Fight Pass members, and on Thursday for AXS pre-sale, while the general public can buy them on Friday.

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