Charles Martin v Anthony Joshua: One sided beating disguised as PPV
On paper this is a classic.
Between these two unbeaten giants they have a combined KO ratio of 94%. There’s also a world title on offer. But not the world title.
To be the man you have to beat the man. And Charles Martin is not that man.
If Anthony Joshua has ambitions to emulate (and surpass) the careers of the likes of Lennox Lewis, he needs to dispatch of Tyson Fury or Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder or Alexander Povetkin.
And he may eventually achieve such feats. He has the tools to be great. Saturday night won’t secure his legacy but it will be a step in the right direction.
But that’s all. Just a small step towards much more perilous waters.
Before his freakish victory against Vyacheslav Glazkov, Charles Martin was unknown.
Tyson Fury was farcically stripped of his IBF title fresh after his remarkable defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
That set up a clash between Vyacheslav Glazkov and Charles Martin for the paper belt. The Ukrainian tore his ACL in the third round which handed the American the surprising win in Brooklyn.
Then Eddie Hearn smelled the cash all the way from his London base.
Anthony Joshua’s promoter is no fool. What easier way to make lots of money than to put his man in a ‘heavyweight world title fight’ against an opponent nowhere near Joshua’s level?
Their records make it easy to sell to the general public. Young Olympic gold medalist Joshua vs the unbeaten southpaw champion for the sports most coveted prize.
The IBF have helped sell the public a lie. Tyson Fury should still hold their version of the heavyweight crown. Their mandatory rules are ruining boxing.
Credit to Charles Martin, he went from living in the shadows to being basked in the sunlight in record time. But he is now cashing in his glory for a huge payday.
If Charles Martin was never granted the opportunity to fight Glazkov, a fight with Joshua couldn’t headline a PPV card.
People would be asking who, instead of, and the new.
Boxing’s countless titles have created a spectacle designed to make money with no substance underneath for dedicated fans.
Thankfully, Anthony Joshua is driven to succeed. After Saturday’s destruction of Charles Martin, he will set his sights on the games big hitters (after a couple of effortless defences).
Until then, enjoy the expensive bouts that are established with only one winner in mind.
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