Joshua vows to hit Martin with ‘best punch he’s ever seen’

IBF heavyweight challenger Anthony Joshua is confident he has the ability to stop current champion Charles Martin when they meet in London.

Joshua’s first attempt at winning a world title will see his 15-0 record go up against Martin, who is also unbeaten with 21 knock-out wins from 24 bouts, on April 9.

The British boxer has been linked with fights against current WBA, WBO and IBO champion Tyson Fury, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and former WBA title holder David Haye.

However, his first world shot comes against Martin and he is more than ready to face the 29-year-old.

“When I go out to fight I go out to fight, I go out to knock people out and that’s the same with all my opponents, that’s why they’ve always been entertaining,” he told Sky Sports News.

“His [Martin’s] record proves that [he’s powerful] but he’s up against something he’s never been in the ring against.

“I say it’ll be routine if I handle my business and that’s how he’s approaching the fight. When you have two athletes like that who come together, it’s going to be explosive.

“People worry about him being a southpaw but that doesn’t give you an extra arm or extra leg. It’s the same ring, the same ref and I’ve got the same objective and that’s to beat him.

“We come out and go to war at heavyweights; I think the fans have missed that,” added Joshua.

“I’m going to keep it simple, get my boxing skills on but once I catch him and hurt him, I’m going to light him up and give him the best punch he’s ever seen.”

Meanwhile, Martin is in no doubt he will bring Joshua’s fast rise in the heavyweight ranks to an abrupt end.

The American said: “It [the fight] is a game changer for sure. I am ready to take that next step and turn myself into a superstar.

“He [Joshua] is just another fighter. He’s a good fighter, so it’ll look even sweeter when I knock him out. It’s not going to go the distance.”

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