By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA will beat Charles Martin to become IBF heavyweight champion tonight.
But he cannot be considered the true world heavyweight champion.
That honour remains with Tyson Fury as he beat Wladimir Klitschko, the former king of the division.
Until someone can beat him then they know they are not the real deal among the big men of the sport.
American Martin is defending the IBF title that was stripped from Fury because he was contracted to a rematch with Klitschko.
But I fancy Joshua to still come out on top and continue his meteoric rise.
Martin has only come for a payday in my view.
I think when he lands he will knock him out, but if the American can catch the home fighter at the O2 Arena then who knows what might happen?
But Joshua left more questions than answers in his last fight against Dillian Whyte and seeing him go up against better quality opposition will be interesting.
Joshua ticks all the boxers outside of the ring with the bad boy turned good persona and the looks to sell.
He has done everything required of him inside the ring, but needs to keep it up if he is to become a real superstar.
Over in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao will supposedly bring down the curtain on his career in the final part of his trilogy with Timothy Bradley.
But I believe the Filipino puncher will go out with a defeat if he hangs up the gloves after this as I’m picking Bradley to beat him.
Pacquiao has had a great career, but like all boxers he has hit that stage of his career where it all starts to go.
It will also be interesting to see how he will deal with the pressure surrounding him following his controversial comments on homosexuality.
But in the ring he will always be remembered as one of the modern-day greats, if not one of the all-time best.