Charles Martin is ready to once again walk this earth like a God.
The former heavyweight titlist is all in for his crossroads bout with former stablemate Gerald Washington, as the pair of California heavyweights collide this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout serves as the chief support to the long-awaited rematch between defending heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41KOs) and Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20KOs).
“his is a big opportunity,” Martin (27-2-1, 24KOs) told ESPN’s Crystina Poncher during the grand arrivals on site Tuesday afternoon. “I'm honored to be on this card, it's one of the biggest fights of our era.
“I'm just ready for Saturday night."
The bout marks just the sixth ring appearance for the Southern California-based heavyweight since his ending his brief stay as a heavyweight titlist. Martin won a vacant belt on the January 2016 undercard of Wilder’s 9th round knockout of Artur Szpilka, only to hand it over to then-unbeaten Anthony Joshua in the 2nd round of his first attempted defense just 12 weeks later in London, England.
The loss to Joshua came with a lucrative reward, though at the cost of a virtual disappearing act. Martin is 4-1 since then, the lone defeat coming in a spirited 10-round loss to unbeaten Adam Kownacki in September 2018.
A modest two-fight win streak accompanies Martin’s clash with Washington (20-3-1, 13KOs), a 37-year old fringe contender and U.S. Navy veteran from Vallejo, California. Both heavyweights are in need of a win, though Martin insists his comeback is about so much more than just remaining in the mix.
“It means everything, It's what I'm here for,” insists Martin of what this fight represents to his career. “I had the money, now I'm here for my legacy.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox