Friday 24 January 2020

Anthony Joshua wins IBF world heavyweight title after spectacular second round knockout

Declan Warrington

Anthony Joshua has stopped Charles Martin in two rounds to win the IBF heavyweight title in only his 16th professional fight at London's O2 Arena.

The Olympic gold medallist, who has long been considered the most promising fighter in the heavyweight division, needed only one minute and 32 seconds of the second to end the unconvincing American's first title defence and begin what is hoped will be a lengthy reign as world champion.

A fast and powerful right hand, like so many which had stopped each of Joshua's previous 15 opponents, put Martin to the canvas midway through the second and left Martin clearly uncertain.

The challenger subtly celebrated the first knockdown in a show of confidence he knew the fight would imminently be over.

He threw another another almost immediately after Martin was back to his feet, and this time he failed to beat the count, ending the fight as quickly and clinically as the challenger had threatened.

PA Media

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