Anthony Joshua vs Charles Martin LIVE - Live coverage - The Independent

Anthony Joshua vs Charles Martin LIVE

    • Anthony Joshua destroys Charles Martin in two rounds
    • Lee Selby recovers from second-round knockdown to beat Eric Hunter
    • Conor Benn wins pro debut in one round
    • George Groves secures fourth-round win
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  • Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the IBF world heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Charles Martin.
    4/9/2016 9:28:48 AM
  • All you need to know about tonight's card...
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  • Joshua vs Martin: all you need to know about IBF title bout

    The IndependentThis Saturday, at the o2 Arena in London, Anthony Joshua faces the American Charles Martin for his IBF heavyweight title. The 26-year-old Joshua, who won Olympic super-heavyweight gold in London four years ago, has knocked out all 15 of his opponents so far in his professional career, but will take on a sterner challenge in Martin, who is unbeaten in his 24 fights, with 23 wins and one draw.
    4/9/2016 5:26:07 PM
  • LATEST FROM THE o2....

    An intriguing contest takes place on the undercard at the o2 right now.
    Two former world title challengers square off at middleweight - Matthew Macklin vs Brian Rose. Could be a cracker.

    Ohara Davies won the first contest of the night, with a dominant third-round stoppage of Andy Keates to become the new English lightweight champion. 
    4/9/2016 5:37:10 PM
  • Joshua’s the poster boy among giants

    The IndependentBritain’s Olympic champion Anthony Joshua is on the cusp of what he calls “the ultimate double” this weekend and fancies it could help him capture the boxing world’s imagination like no heavyweight for a decade. Nothing ignites the hype as feverishly as the emergence of a big man with a big punch and the unbeaten super-heavyweight 2012 gold medallist – chiselled, 6ft 6in and with dynamite in his fists – fits the bill perfectly.
    4/9/2016 5:45:00 PM
  • Joshua or Martin? Froch, Haye and more make their predictions

    The IndependentThis Saturday night, Anthony Joshua takes on Charles Martin for his IBF heavyweight title. Joshua, who won Olympic super-heavyweight gold at London in 2012, has knocked out all 15 of his opponents in the pro ranks. Now he faces the American, Charles Martin for his title. Martin is also unbeaten, with 23 wins and a draw from his 24 bouts. The 29-year-old Martin, won the title back in January, after his opponent, Vyacheslav Glazkov, was forced out of their fight in the third round after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.
    4/9/2016 6:00:00 PM
  • We all know who Tyson Fury thinks will win now. Look at what the WBA heavyweight champion has done..

    4/9/2016 6:05:00 PM
  • We're into the seventh round of Macklin vs Rose. Far from a classic so far but getting more gruelling by the minute. Both faces becoming more and more marked. Very even contest.
    4/9/2016 6:12:21 PM
  • How do you spend the day of your first world title bout? Go for a walk with your mates.

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  • Kind words from a former British world heavyweight champion

    4/9/2016 6:16:02 PM
  • And we go to the judges for Macklin and Rose. Not much in this one...
    4/9/2016 6:36:28 PM
  • Macklin takes it by a majority decision. Where does Rose go from here?
    4/9/2016 6:39:31 PM
  • LATEST FROM THE o2....

    As the seats fill up. Up next is Jamie McDonnell defending his WBA bantamweight championship against Fernando Vargas.
    4/9/2016 6:58:46 PM
  • The scenes in the ring after Macklin's name was announced after his win over Rose

    4/9/2016 7:00:25 PM
  • Tyson Fury won the Grand National today. Will his second bet (Martin to beat Joshua) come through too?

    4/9/2016 7:05:11 PM
  • Fury, of course, had some beef with Joshua this week...
    4/9/2016 7:11:57 PM
  • Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury trade fresh insults as rivalry heats up

    The IndependentAnthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have escalated their war of words on Twitter ahead of the former’s IBF world heavyweight title fight against Charles Martin. Joshua, the current British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, accused Fury of being jealous of his “beach body” during a public workout at York Hall in Hackney, London on Monday.
    4/9/2016 7:12:07 PM
  • And Joshua arrives at the o2 Arena. All smiles as he enters the arena with his entourage.
    4/9/2016 7:18:58 PM
  • Jamie McDonnell has stopped Fernando Vargas in the ninth round to retain his WBA bantamweight strap. Another great performance from the Doncaster man.
    4/9/2016 7:37:33 PM
  • Stormzy performed Anthony Joshua's ring-walk music for his last fight against Dillian Whyte. Charles Martin has never heard of him...
    4/9/2016 7:46:51 PM
  • Martin says he has no idea who Joshua's rapper friend Stormzy is

    The IndependentCharles Martin, who defends his IBF heavyweight title against Britain's Anthony Joshua tonight, has continued the war of the words between the pair by claiming that he does not know who Joshua's rapper friend Stormzy is. The unbeaten Martin, who has won 23 of his 24 fights with one draw, has said that has never heard of the 'Know Me From' and 'Shut Up' rapper Stormzy and suggested that his ring-walk music at the o2 Arena will be by US rapper 50 Cent, and it would be something "violent" to get him "hyped" for the bout.
    4/9/2016 7:46:59 PM
  • Out comes 'The Welsh Mayweather' Lee Selby. He is defending his featherweight title against 'The Outlaw' Eric Hunter.
    4/9/2016 7:49:30 PM

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  • The champion Selby survives the second round, and we go into the third. The elusive Hunter very impressive so far.
    4/9/2016 8:04:53 PM
  • Better from Selby in the third there, he's back in this one. It's heating up very nicely indeed.
    4/9/2016 8:08:46 PM
  • Selby brilliant in the fifth round, five rapid rights finding their target. Hunter looking demoralised.
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  • Hunter irate in his corner after the eighth round. He was docked a point for a low blow in that round. He is still protesting his innocence. 
    4/9/2016 8:30:51 PM

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  • We go into the final round of Selby vs Hunter. The Welshman has recovered well from his second-round knockdown (the first time he has been knocked down in his career).
    4/9/2016 8:43:56 PM
  • And we go to the judges...Selby looks to have taken this one.
    4/9/2016 8:46:52 PM
    Great comeback there from the Welshman. He really did box brilliantly.
    4/9/2016 8:51:41 PM
  • Conor Benn, son of the 'Dark Destroyer' Nigel Benn, comes out for his professional debut!
    4/9/2016 9:00:31 PM
  • And he wins within a round. Great body shot!
    4/9/2016 9:06:32 PM
  • "Gobsacked mate!" was Conor Benn's description of coming out for his pro debut
    4/9/2016 9:15:00 PM
  • Out comes George Groves. He takes on unbeaten Scotsman David Brophy
    4/9/2016 9:15:16 PM
  • Groves knows he cannot lose this one..
    4/9/2016 9:17:49 PM
  • Mourinho at Joshua fight and says he not been offered Man Utd contract

    The IndependentJose Mourinho is ringside at Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title challenge against Charles Martin tonight, and said in an interview at the o2 Arena that he has not yet been offered a contract with Manchester United, but he would "love" to stay in England. The 52-year-old Mourinho has been out of work since December, when he sacked by Chelsea with the Premier League champions languishing in 16th place in the league.
    4/9/2016 9:20:19 PM
  • Jose Mourinho ringside at the o2, and he has spoken about his future...
    4/9/2016 9:20:50 PM
  • Comfortable first round for Groves. He may have noticed the referee is Howard Foster though. Yes, that Howard Foster who controversially stopped his thrilling fight against Carl Froch back in 2013.
    4/9/2016 9:27:43 PM
  • Another round in the bank for Groves. He is bossing this so far. Not long to go until the main event!
    4/9/2016 9:31:14 PM
    Brutal body shot by Groves and it's fine night's work for the three-time world title challenger.
    4/9/2016 9:37:17 PM
  • 'Might eat a delayed easter egg or two..." jokes George Groves after his impressive win.
    4/9/2016 9:42:55 PM
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  • But who have you lot picked then? Joshua leads our poll massively - with 81% to Martin's 19%.
    4/9/2016 9:54:23 PM
  • Michael Buffer about to make the announcement....
    4/9/2016 9:57:39 PM
  • The light's go out...
    4/9/2016 9:59:45 PM
  • To the strains of Notorious B.I.G's 'Mo Money Mo Problems', here comes the challenger, Anthony Joshua, sporting a rather Ali-esque white robe.
    4/9/2016 10:01:26 PM
  • And here comes the champion , wearing a crown - Prince Charles Martin. Boos ring out around the O2...
    4/9/2016 10:04:21 PM

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  • 'Let's get ready to Ruuummmbbblllleee' says Michael Buffer. We are so close...
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  • ROUND ONE: All Joshua in the first round. He took the centre of the ring and landed three or four hurtful shots. Martin has done nothing.

    Joshua 10 Martin 9
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  • Two stiff right hands in the second round, and Britain has a new world heavyweight champion. Nowhere near enough movement from Martin. Joshua made it look so easy.
    4/9/2016 10:24:48 PM
  • Joshua crowned IBF heavyweight champion after two round destruction

    The IndependentAnthony Joshua has won the IBF world heavyweight title after destroying American Charles Martin within two rounds at the o2 Arena in London. Dominant and in control for the fight, Joshua put Martin down twice in the second round, before the referee stepped in to halt the fight. The fight was the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Joshua's first tilt a world title. He had knocked out all 15 of his previous opponents, and comfortably added Martin to that list.
    4/9/2016 10:41:47 PM
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