Current IBF World Heavyweight champion Charles Martin believes Anthony Joshua, who he will face on Saturday at the O2 for the IBF heavyweight title, was undeserving of his gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.
Martin is being tipped as Joshua's strongest opponent yet, while the 26-year-old has maintained his record of 15 knockouts from as many fights overcoming a competitive bout against Dillian Whyte back in December. But Martin believes his OIympic gold, which kick-started his career was a biased decision.
"He didn't really win that gold medal. I've seen all those fights. They babied him through it because it was in London and he's from London." Martin told Sky Sports.
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"He was gifted it. Go watch it. If he came up against a southpaw they'd spark him out. I'm going to love that [destroying the hype]. I'm sorry y'all."
Martin means business
And Martin had to face a hostile crowd of 1000 people in London, days before the big fight with Joshua, as he put together the finishing touches to his preparations.
"Handling the crowd and the people is a good thing, it's entertainment, but when I step in the ring, it's business." said Martin.
"It's strictly business because you can get hurt in this ring. You can walk out different to how you walked in, so I'll take it seriously. That's why I train 100 per cent for each fight."
Joshua hungry for success
But while Martin has been trying to provoke the Olympic gold medalist, Joshua has been focusing on improving from December's bout with Whyte, as he looks to maintain his glamorous 100% record in his professional career.
"Even if I get that belt, I've got to separate my lifestyle of a champion to boxing because they don't really mix. Boxing is a gritty sport and you have got to be hungry." Joshua told Sky Sports.
"You've always got to separate the two. All the glitz and glamour and stuff - that's how I look at Charles Martin and I've got to separate him from the gold because I've got to fight Charles Martin."
Even with Martin dubbed as Joshua's biggest test to date, the Englishman is expected to cause the American problems of his own. Joshua stopped Konstantin Airich in September 2014, after the German had given him his toughest test to date, but Joshua's power was too much for Airich, leading to another knock-out victory.
Martin has won 23 of his bouts - 21 by knockout - and drawn one in a glamorous career to date for the 29-year-old. And now the question is: has he got what it takes to defeat the formidable force that Joshua is?