Charles Martin: Joshua Never Saw Me, I'm Getting My Belt Back!

Former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin (25-1-1, 23 KOs) has promised to return with a vengeance.

Martin, in his first tough assignment in over two years, will face Adam Kownacki on September 8 as part of the Shawn Porter vs. Danny Garcia undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Martin, who captured the IBF world title, lost the belt in April 2016 when he was easily stopped by Anthony Joshua in three rounds. The bout saw Joshua capture his first world title in the fight.

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Since then, Martin took off for a year and then had two quick fights to sharpen up his skills and shake off the ring rust.

"My whole career from the amateurs to the pros was back-to-back-to-back and I never had any time off. I wanted time off, period. I did everything in a short amount of time, and was fast-tracked through the amateurs. Bam, bam, bam - fight after fight after fight. It was crazy. In the pros I had 11 fights in one year. But I haven't missed a step. I'm still that same guy - but better, sharper and tightened up," Martin told Sky Sports.

Martin never explains the exact details, but says his preparation for the Joshua fight was severely tainted.

Now he wants to reclaim his title, which is still owned by Joshua - who now also holds the IBO, WBO, WBA world titles.

"I had two fights in 2017, know what I'm saying? Tune-up fights," he said. "I got what I needed from them.  It was just what I had to do, before going back up to the big leagues. It's a process, that's all. Absolutely I have enjoyed every minute. The training is hard but it's worthwhile, to get me to where I want to be. I'm going back to get my belt back."

"That wasn't a fight. I don't consider that a real fight, man. He never saw me. That wasn't no Charles Martin. People don't know… That's why a lot of the people that were with me, aren't around me now. Dumb decisions cost people their jobs. [The experience] was cool. It didn't go how I wanted, because of things that happened during the process. It wasn't perfect, for sure."

According to Martin, he's willing to return to the UK to pursue other big fight opportunities.

"I'm smarter now. I don't do the things that I used to do. I'm better at decision-making, I'm wiser, and I'm older. That's the key. Yes, I'd come back. There's good people [in the UK], absolutely. I don't have no regrets," Martin said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=Throwingbombs;19025083]None of those wins are impressive, I'm sorry they just aren't.[/QUOTE] Thank you for your opinion. In the opinion of the world's most respected experts, he was deserving of a top 3 ranking.

Comment by Throwingbombs on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19024927]Bermane Stiverne faced undefeated 20-0 Kertson Manswell for the WBC International heavyweight title, the WBC United States heavyweight title and the WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title. Stiverne won by knockout in the 2nd round. Stiverne then faced 28-5 Ray…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=Throwingbombs;19024514]Saying as Stiverne was ranked 2 by boxing experts and refusing to look at other factors e.g. he is clearly trash and beat nobody to be ranked that high.[/QUOTE] Bermane Stiverne faced undefeated 20-0 Kertson Manswell for the WBC International…

Comment by Throwingbombs on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19024159]The problem you're having is that your brain can't compute the concept of something being a factor without being the only factor. You say we should ignore all information, instead of considering it along with other information. Ortiz…

Comment by jas on 08-16-2018

nah, you never saw his right hand

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