29-year-old Anthony Joshua, was crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world in only his 16th professional fight as he outclassed the champion, Charles Martin, and knocked him down twice.
The American got up after the first punch but after the 2nd, there was no chance of recovery. Anthony needed only 1 minute and 32 seconds of the 2nd round to end Martin’s first title defence.
Anthony made light work of Charles to claim the IBF world heavyweight title, sending the defending champion to the canvas twice in round two before the referee brought a swift end to the fight
Some doubted if this fight was the right move for Anthony Joshua, worried that the challenger could be found wanting for experience or ability, thrust into a world title fight so early in his career. Those doubts were fading within seconds, and before long they were extinguished completely.
Anthony Joshua had the champion on the back foot immediately, testing him with a series of early right-handers. It seemed only a matter of time before he connected, and when he did – less than 60 seconds into round two – the fight was over. Charles Martin was sent to the canvas, a look of incredulity across his face.
The champion barely beat the referee’s count, and seconds later, he was back on the deck, thanks to another clinical right hander. It was an underwhelming defence, but that was at least in part down to a calm, composed start that gave Martin nowhere to go, allowing his raw power to get the job done with breathtaking speed.
All else aside, Anthony Joshua has become a world heavyweight champion in 16 fights and 34 rounds. Believe the hype.