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Charles Martin will do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure a rematch with Anthony Joshua

Charles Martin will do ‘whatever it takes’ to secure a rematch with Anthony Joshua as manager reveals former champion is ‘DESPERATE’ to avenge his humiliating 2016 loss to Briton

  • Charles Martin is ‘desperate’ to avenge his brutal loss to Anthony Joshua
  • The 35-year-old American lost his IBF heavyweight title to Joshua in April 2016.
  • Martín is on his way to redemption and faces veteran Luis Ortiz this weekend
  • His manager, Mike Borao, says Martin’s only mission is to face Joshua again.


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Charles Martin is “desperate” to avenge his loss to Anthony Joshua when the American’s promoter revealed that his fighter will do “whatever it takes” to claim his heavyweight crown.

The 35-year-old Martin suffered a second-round knockout loss to AJ in April 2016, easily surrendering the IBF heavyweight title to the Briton.

The American later admitted that he was not ‘mentally there’ for his fight in London, with some critics accusing Martin of having no ambition to win the fight in the middle of a £ 6 million payday.

Charles Martin is 'desperate' to avenge his loss to Anthony Joshua before retiring

Charles Martin is ‘desperate’ to avenge his loss to Anthony Joshua before retiring

Martin, 35, suffered an embarrassing second-round knockout loss to AJ in April 2016

Martin, 35, suffered an embarrassing second-round knockout loss to AJ in April 2016

Martin, 35, suffered an embarrassing second-round knockout loss to AJ in April 2016

The 35-year-old is now seeking redemption and faces Luis Ortiz this weekend in an IBF title eliminator.

Although Joshua has since lost his belts to Oleksandr Usyk, Martin and his team want AJ to regain their belts so that a title rematch remains a possibility.

“I think Usyk beats Joshua again, but I’m supporting Joshua,” Martin’s manager Mike Borao told Sky Sports.

Charles desperately wants to fight and knock out Joshua before he retires. He’s been focused on that singular goal since 2016, it’s what motivates him and it’s the reason he’s going to beat Luiz Ortiz.

Martin (left) is on his way back and faces Luis Ortiz in an IBF tie this weekend

Martin (left) is on his way back and faces Luis Ortiz in an IBF tie this weekend

Martin (left) is on his way back and faces Luis Ortiz in an IBF tie this weekend

His manager says a rematch with Joshua (left) has been his goal since he lost five years ago.

His manager says a rematch with Joshua (left) has been his goal since he lost five years ago.

His manager says a rematch with Joshua (left) has been his goal since he lost five years ago.

“Charles will do whatever it takes to become a two-time heavyweight champion, including fighting a second IBF tie against one of the most avoided heavyweights in the world.”

Such is Martin’s determination to secure a rematch with AJ, that his manager revealed that he has called a fight with Andy Ruiz Jr, knowing that a victory over Joshua’s first conqueror would show that he is capable of defeating the Briton.

“Charles directed me to face the only fighter who knocked out Joshua, Andy Ruiz,” he added.

“I tried really hard to fight Andy, but he refused.”

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