Tyson Fury could face Charles Martin next Fall on ESPN
By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury could be defending his lineal heavyweight champion next against former IBF champion Charles Martin on ESPN, according to Mike Coppinger. ESPN reportedly wants the 30-year-old Fury to fight a U.S fighter in his next fight, and the 33-year-old Martin (27-2-1, 24 KOs) is someone that would meet their requirements.
Fury’s last fight against German heavyweight Tom Schwarz failed to bring in good ratings on ESPN last June in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury knocked out Schwarz in two rounds in a successful defense of his lineal heavyweight title, but the fight wasn’t great television. The American boxing fans were impressed with Schwarz, and failed to show interest despite the huge effort put in my ESPN and Top Rank to promote the fight.
Charles Martin has done little since loss to Joshua
Martin, 6’5″, lost his IBF title three years ago in a second round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua. Since that loss, Martin has won four out of his last five fights since 2016. Last September, Martin lost a close 10 round unanimous decision to Adam Kownacki by the scores 96-94, 96-94 and 96-94. Martin gave Kownacki a good fight, but still wound up losing. In Martin’s four wins, he beat Daniel Martz, Gregory Corbin, Michael Marrone and Byron Polley. In other words, Martin has four wins over second tier opposition since his second round blowout loss to Joshua in 2016.
The perception a lot of boxing fans have about Martin is he lacks the talent to beat top tier opposition; hence, his management have been feeding him lower tier fighters repeatedly the last three years. Kownacki was the one exception to the rule, and Martin promptly lost to him.
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