Anthony Joshua sent waves crashing across the heavyweight division tonight by delivering a devastating knockout in the second round of his IBF world heavyweight title clash with Charles Martin.
Joshua, who entered as the bookies’ favourite, despite having only had 15 professional fights, made short work of Martin to secure his first world title, thus continuing his path towards domination on the heavyweight scene.
Joshua wins world title
A solid right hand put Martin down in the second following a cagey first round. The American felt the force of several Joshua right hands during the opening session, and alarm bells quickly turned into a fearful realisation for Martin, who simply couldn’t handle his opponent’s power.
Martin managed to beat the count having been put down the first time early on in the second, but the 6ft 5in southpaw, who had 21 KOs in 23 wins leading into the bout, was too dazed to get off the canvas in 10 seconds the second time of asking.
To be fair to Martin, he was humble in defeat, but tonight was all about British boxing's favourite son. David Haye described the showing as a perfect performance, and there are sure to be plenty of fans hoping to see Joshua test his mettle against a certified champion moving forward.
What comes next?
With the win the attention will now inevitably turn to what comes next for the 26-year-old. A possible fight with either fellow world champion Tyson Fury or the aforementioned Haye could follow within the next year, though Joshua is still a work in progress.
Fury will face off against Wladimir Klitschko for the second time this July. If he can navigate that test he'll certainly fancy a showdown with his countryman before too long.
Haye, meanwhile, is trying to force his way back into world title contention - Joshua's new belt makes him an even more attractive proposition for the Bermondsey-born boxer.
Fight fans, who should Joshua fight next? Let us know in the comments box below.
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