Sky Sports Fight Night: Anthony Joshua Vs Charles Martin (10.30pm, Sat)


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Unbeaten American Charles Martin defends his IBF heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua on Saturday night, live on Sky Box Office. For a fair price of £16.95, home viewers are in a for a top quality card from the O2 in London, but British fans will have all eyes on Joshua as he bids to become a world champion sooner than many predicted.

The clash will be Joshua’s 16th professional fight, which has led to suggestions that the 26-year-old might have taken the step up too early. But the Olympic champion’s progress through the ranks cannot be denied. His win over Dillian Whyte in December was impressive, but it did show some flaws in the game of Joshua, who will need to defend himself against a powerful puncher. But against Whyte, it is no secret that Joshua was over-emotional about the bout. On more than one occasion, Whyte was able to rock him with a couple of stiff punches with Joshua over-committed.

It is fair to expect a more measured performance from Anthony Joshua this time around. He is facing an unbeaten fighter who has KO’d 21 of his 24 opponents to date. There is no emotional barriers to overcome here, it is strictly business and in front of his home crowd, Joshua can get the job done well inside the distance. Charles Martin has said he “walks the earth like a God” and is a confident man, but sometimes the skill doesn’t back up the confidence and maybe that will be the case here.

Anthony Joshua is priced at 1/6 generally to win the fight, but surely if this fight is won anywhere it will be via a stoppage. Betfair and Betbright are offering standout odds of 1/3 about Joshua winning by TKO, KO or Disqualification and although it’s a short price for many, it is a confident vote and can be paired in an accumulator!

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