Anthony Joshua stops defending IBF world heavyweight champion Charles Martin in the second round to claim the title
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 9, 2016) (ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS PICTURES) – Britain’s Anthony Joshua lived up to his billing as the new superstar of heavyweight boxing when he stopped Charles Martin in the second round with a demonstration of brutal power to claim the American’s world IBF title in London on Saturday (April 9).
Joshua became the first boxer in history to hold the Olympic super-heavyweight crown and a version of the world heavyweight title simultaneously with his stunning triumph at the O2 Arena, a few miles from where he won gold at the London 2012 Games.
The 26-year-old Briton handed champion Martin the first defeat of his career to annex the title in his 16th professional fight, knocking him down twice in the second round with magnificent right hands.
On the second knock down, Martin tried to beat the count and was up on his feet at nine but the referee felt he was in no state to continue as Joshua landed the world title with only 34 rounds of boxing in his three years in the paid ranks.