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Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/9/16

Charles Martin vs. Anthony Joshua

Boxing: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm (The O2 Arena)

The Line: Charles Martin +425 / Anthony Joshua -550 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Showtime

Anthony Joshua and Charles Martin fight Saturday night at The O2 Arena for the IBF heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 15-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December win over Dillian Whyte. It’s no secret what Joshua is all about, as every single one of his fights have ended in knockout. Joshua has insane punching power and is able to use his massive 6’6” frame to his advantage. It’s tough to hit Joshua without getting counted, and it’s even tougher to withstand the avalanche of blows he’s going to throw over the course of a fight. Joshua is a top-10 heavyweight in the world. However, it’s important to stress that this will be the hardest fight to date for the 26-year-old. Joshua has fought most of his career in England, his home country.

Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/9/16

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Charles Martin enters this fight with a 23-0-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Martin’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over  Vyacheslav Glazkov. Martin is also a knockout artist at 6’5” and has won nine straight bouts by stoppage. Martin has also the speed and agility to go with that power, as he moves like a smaller fighter rather than a heavyweight. Martin has clearly established himself in the heavyweight class. The concern with Martin is that this will be the first time he fights somebody with similar power, and the first time he’s not on his home soil. This will be Martin’s first fight outside the United States.

Martin and the huge plus money is very intriguing, as he’s the more expected fighter, has similar power and is slightly faster than the bigger Joshua. However, Joshua has been slowly working his way up to this fight and will have the huge crowd advantage going for him as well. Remember, fights usually don’t end well for Americans who are making the trip across the pond.

Give me Joshua in a thrilling victory.

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