At the O2 Arena, London, towering Heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Charles Martin hit the scales. Joshua, sporting his usual body-builder physique, came in at 17st, 6lbs, while a less chisseled Martin came in at 17st, 7lbs. These guys are large human beings – it goes without saying – and no matter how the action pans out, it looks like someone’s going to be hitting that canvas hard. The cliche ‘don’t blink’ comes to mind. You’re welcome.
iFL TV cameras were at the packed Joshua vs Martin weigh-in:
Martin, who captured the Heavyweight IBF strap in displeasing fashion from Vyacheslav Glazkov in January, will be making his first defense. Joshua, who bulldozed his way into the world Top 10 by crushing rival Dillian Whyte last December, will be looking to take home a piece of the Heavyweight crown in just his sixteenth outing. Now, the Heavyweight scene might not be as deep as it once was, but that’s a staggering statistic to absorb, right?
Joshua will enter the ring tomorrow night with an intimidating 15 wins which have all ended in sickening knockouts. Joshua captured both the British and Commonwealth straps the night he conquered domestic rival Whyte, but has clearly decided to bypass the European variety by going straight for Martin instead. Martin will also be defending an undefeated record, his consisting of 23 wins, no defeats, 1 draw, with 21 of those victories ending inside the distance.
Joshua vs Martin will air live on Showtime and Sky Sports Box Office (UK).
How do you see this meeting of giants ending, folks? And here’s a little Friday afternoon teaser for you: Has a Heavyweight fighter ever captured a world title in sixteen fights before? In other words, could Joshua be about to write himself into the history books? Obviously Google is off limits for this exercise! Chime in with your answers in the comments section below.