By Ricky Jones April 9th, 2016 All Boxing Previews
There's two big fight cards on tap tonight, one in London and one in Las Vegas and we'll take a look first at the UK's premier boxing venue, the O2 Arena.
That's where three world title contests take place, anchored by a hotly anticipated clash at heavyweight between celebrated 2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua and newly minted IBF champion Charles Martin.
Although Martin, 23-0-1 (21), won the NABO strap in 2014, the California resident leapt from relative obscurity in January to capture the vacant IBF crown when opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov injured a knee in the third round and could not continue to fight.
The 29 year old southpaw makes his maiden defense in hostile territory as he will be stepping into the arena where his challenger Joshua, 15-0 (15), has fought on five occasions, including his last three appearances.
It could be a significant factor that Martin has never fought professionally outside of the US but also, has never been in the kind of media spotlight that he has been dealing with in the lead-up to this contest.
In contrast, Joshua has been a major sports star in the UK since winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and will have a fiercely partisan audience cheering him on.
Joshua has arguably also faced better competition than has Martin but neither man has ever squared off with a world class opponent and it's difficult to predict the outcome tonight in this one. More...