Anthony Joshua to fight Charles Martin in April for IBF heavyweight title


Anthony Joshua will make his first attempt to win a world title when he fights Charles Martin in April with the IBF heavyweight crown on the line.

The 26-year-old Londoner will take what is viewed as a huge step when he meets the American on 9 April at the O2 Arena.

Joshua, the London 2012 gold medallist, has fought 15 times as a professional and won all of them in devastating fashion. Over those 15 bouts he has accrued only 32 rounds of experience, seven of which came in his last outing against his domestic rival Dillian Whyte.

This is a huge step up for Joshua who can join Tyson Fury as a British heavyweight world champion if he wins.

Fury vacated the IBF belt at the end of last year, allowing the 29-year-old Martin to beat Vyacheslav Glazkov in New York in January and claim it.

“Fighting for the heavyweight world title has been a dream of mine since I turned professional,” said Joshua.