LONDON — The weights are in for Saturday’s big heavyweight showdown between IBF titlist Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua. Both fighters were consistent with their weights from recent fights. Joshua came in at 244, a pound less than his weight against Dillian Whyte in December. Martin tipped the scales at 245, four pounds less than his weight when he defeated Vyacheslav Glazkov for the title in January.
PREDICTION: The gloves are off for Joshua. From here on out, he’ll be expected to face top competition. The Whyte fight was an essential learning tool in facing an undefeated guy and learning how to pace himself in an high-intensity fight. His confidence should be at an all-time high. Martin’s power and southpaw stance make him dangerous, but I feel the Glazkov fight was not adequate preparation. The crowd and atmosphere, something he’s never experienced before, will likely have him tight in the early rounds.
From a technical standpoint, Joshua’s a bit more robotic, but that benefits him here. Martin’s footwork can be very sloppy and more often than not, Joshua will be in better position to land with full power when they exchange. JOSHUA TKO7