…And the New IBF Heavyweight Champion is Anthony Joshua.

 

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The O2 Arena, in London, England sold out within 90 seconds, a testament to the hype and drawing power of Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16KOs). Olympic star, Anthony Joshua had much to prove with slogans like the “Next Big Thing” being touted around leading up to his fight with IBF Heavyweight Champion Prince Charles Martin (23-1-1, 21KOs). Joshua, who held 15 fights in his professional career, did not let the moment get to him. He started the 1st round poised looking to land his power right hand over Martin’s straight left. The 2nd round saw Martin trying to press the action to the ever-dangerous Joshua. This proved to be his downfall; Martin was hit with a straight right, which sent him to the canvass. Martin recovered but was sent back to the mat by a stinging counter-right hand. Referee Jean Pierre brought the match to a halt, after Martin couldn’t answer the 10-count at 1:52.

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