The hype around Anthony Joshua thus far has proved to be well deserved but one can’t help but feel he may be moving too quickly through the rankings. As one of the most feared punchers in the Heavyweight Division, Joshua had made light work of all of his opponents until his most recent bout against Dillian Whyte.
While Joshua still managed to finish Whyte in the seventh round it was far from an easy nights work. Whyte spoke to news.com.au and had the following to say about the contender:
“I was surprised by how slow he is and how easy he is to hit,” Whyte shrugged, despite a seventh-round knockout loss.
“He’s not as powerful as everybody says. He’s not a one-punch knockout artist. I was more exhausted than anything else.”
While Joshua was the better fighter for the most part, he did get rocked a couple of times in the bout. The punching power of Dillian Whyte is one thing, but the punching power of Charles Martin is a completely different prospect. Martin has one of the most feared left hands in the world. Martin has finished his last 13 opponents, including Vyacheslav Glazkov, whom he KO’d in the third round to win the vacant IBF World Heavyweight Title.
The IBF Title was famously stripped off Tyson Fury, when he refused to fight the mandatory challenger the IBF had chosen, which just so happened to be Vyacheslav Glazkov. Charles Martin, stepped up and spoiled the party. Should he spoil Joshua’s party, it would be the first set back of what is sure to be a long and great career. If Joshua can get passed this challenge however, who knows where his ceiling is. As the IBF World Heavyweight Champion there is only one way up, a title unification bout.
That is of course after he faced the mandatory challenger, he wouldn’t be silly enough to say no to that fight.
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