Tickets for this fight sold out in 90 seconds and no wonder. This is a hotly anticipated showdown and the venue – the O2 arena, is one of the best in the world for fight fans.
I've seen replays of all Anthony Joshua's fifteen knock-outs and he is one of the most powerful and devastating punchers I've ever seen. When he connects and you are on the end of it, it's lights out.
There is no doubt Joshua will be a World Champion but there is a doubt that this is the time for him to ascend to the throne and after only fifteen fights this is taking a risk where none need be taken.
In his last fight against Dillan White his flaws were exposed. Being powerful is an asset but not being mobile leaves you open to be hit and Joshua's defence could do with more work before he is the finished article.
He needs more work and esteemed boxing legend Barry McGuigan said as much this week in his piece for the Telegraph
“If I were managing Joshua, I’d take the long haul. I’d give him another year of development at least. I’d put him in with other guys who can test him and then I would take a champion. He’s only 26. He’s still got loads of time. When Frank Bruno was knocked out by Bonecrusher Smith it destroyed his confidence.”
“Joshua could well blow this guy away and then go on. Look, he’s a fantastic specimen, no doubt about it. He’s got all the credentials. I just feel he needed a bit more time, that’s all”
Charles Martin is no cannon fodder for the boxer on his way up. He is an unpredictable Southpaw and victory in January over Vyacheslav Glazkov means that his record – 21 KO's in 23 fights is one to be reckoned with.
“I’m strong and I’ll be ready to KO him and win over his fans,” said Martin.
“The boxing scene here is booming and I want to be a part of it. It’s just business – and I’ll show on the night that I mean business. I will return to the UK in April in phenomenal shape, ready for battle. He’s a pretty specimen and those muscles are fine and dandy, but when he gets tired, I get stronger, when he starts to go downhill. There’s no fear in me. I’ve been walking this earth for 29 years now, I am afraid of no man. I want what he’s got – the praise, the attention and the fans – plain and simple.”
I'm not seeing this as an easy victory for Joshua. Although in boxing you never know. One punch is all it takes and Martin will be spread-eagled.
I'm expecting Martin to move and move quickly and if the fight does go into the later rounds then he could well win this fight.
I'm not saying Joshua won't win. But the odds of 5/1 for Martin represent excellent value and they will probably shorten as the fight draws near.