Anthony Joshua: Martin Could Have Got Up, He Didn't Want To!

By Radio Rahim

Olympic gold medal winner Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16KOs) became a major play in the heavyweight division last Saturday night in London.

In two quick rounds, Joshua knocked out previously undefeated Charles Martin (23-1-1, 21KOs) to capture the IBF heavyweight championship.

Martin capture the vacant title in January with a third round stoppage of Czar Glakov. The belt became vacant after newly crowned champion Tyson Fury was unable to make a mandatory defense against Glazkov.


The first round of  the bout with Martin was a cautious one, but Joshua let his hands go in the second. A big right hand sent Martin down on his back. He got to his feet, but quickly went down a second time. At that point Martin waited a long time to get up and the fight was waved off as he got to his feet at the count of ten.

In a post-fight interview with, Martin complained about the stoppage. He felt the referee should have allowed the fight to continue.

Joshua agrees that Martin was fully capable of continuing, but the unbeaten Olympian also feels Martin intentionally stayed down because he mentally packed it in.

"The thing is - it wasn't where he was tired and I knocked him out. It was a solid shot. But I think he could have got up. I don't think wanted to get up though," Joshua told 

"I don't think he wanted to get up because the referee came and spoke to him in the change room and said 'I'm going to give you until the count of eight to be on your feet and then nine, ten I want you to walk forward to me and then walk back and then I know that you are alright to fight.'

"So I think that, and all respect to Martin he is a cool guy, but that first shot was solid shot...and after the first one, and then after the second one, I don't think he wanted to get up."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigjavi973 on 04-12-2016

[QUOTE=El-blanco;16602929]Yeah that's a little silly. Buster Douglas got up at like 9.5 versus Tyson. Can you imagine if he waved it off because he wasn't up at 8? Lol ref is a clown. [B]That being said he had no shot.…

Comment by Daddy T on 04-12-2016

[QUOTE=OctoberRed;16602715]Martin looked terrible and I felt that he did take a dive[/QUOTE] It wasn't as much a dive as he just quit after he tasted what was coming his way. It was clear that if he had gotten up Joshua…

Comment by fredhopple on 04-12-2016

[QUOTE=ianjamsie;16602964]The sky commentator mentioned Aerrola's name, Haye butted in and said that wouldn't last as long as this one.[/QUOTE] Aerrola would beat Chuck Martin but Joshua is in another league destined for greatness. Haye shoots his mouth off but has…

Comment by umop-ap!sdn on 04-11-2016

[QUOTE=kilojay505;16602887]Because he suppost to be a prize FIGHTER not a statistical analysis. Its simple really if you dont want to get hurt dont get into the sport of professional boxing. [B][U]A fighters heart is whats suppost set him apart froma…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-11-2016

[QUOTE=SilverMiles;16603428]I guest I find it hard to see how your miss a count with the ref yelling the numbers in your face with his hands counting as well. I guest it's possible he mistimed the count but it's highly unlikely.[/QUOTE]…

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