Anthony Joshua: Charles Martin fight going to be 'explosive'

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British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has said he is ready to take on the IBF heavyweight world champion Charles Martin, and that their fight is going to be 'explosive'.

Both fighters head into the bout undefeated, with Joshua having won all 15 of his professional fights by knock-out (15-0-0), and Martin having won 23 of his 24 professional fights, 21 of which came through a stoppage (23-0-1).

Although many have questioned whether Joshua, 26, is ready for a world title after only 15 professional fights, he believes he is.


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"This is another level now," Joshua told Sky Sports. "I know he is a champion but he's against a hungry competitor, someone who's coming up, with ambitions of being heavyweight champion of the world.

"He is up against something that he's never been in the ring against, and that's myself. And that's vice versa with him. I say it will be routine if I handle my business and that's how he's approaching the fight.

"When you've got two athletes like that who come together, it's going to be explosive."

Joshua has made short work of all 15 of his previous opponents but did show some signs of naivety and weakness against his last opponent Dillian Whyte.

After starting in a strong fashion and having his opponent on the ropes multiple times within the first round, Joshua looked to have been rocked after Whyte caught him with a strong left hook midway through the second.

Joshua also sparked a melee in the ring between the two, after catching Whyte with a late punch after the bell had rung signifying the end of the round.

Despite going on to win the fight in a dominant fashion, some have raised concerns that a more experienced fighter than Whyte would have been able to take advantage of his period of weakness in the second round and potentially punish him.

Many have also questioned his ability to go the distance in a fight, and fight for the whole 12 rounds if need be. But Joshua is ready to take on the IBF world champion.

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