Matchroom Boxing is delighted to announce that the IBF World Heavyweight showdown between Charles ‘Prince’ Martin and Anthony Joshua MBE will be sponsored by William Hill.
The eagerly anticipated bout between the two unbeaten fighters will take place on the 9th April at the O2 Arena in London. The fight, which is expected to be one of the biggest boxing bouts on British soil in recent times, will also be screened on Live Sky Sports Box Office.
Martin will be making the first defence of the IBF title that he won by TKO against Vyacheslav Glazkov in January. The 29 year old has an unbeaten record of 23-1-0 with 21 wins by KO.
The ‘Prince’, speaking on Sky Sports News this week, held up his clenched fists and said: “I don’t talk, man. I let these talk. I let these talk for me. No doubts, see you April 9. I will win. I will knock him out. It won’t go 12 rounds, heavyweights aren’t supposed to go 12 rounds.”
Joshua, the 2012 Olympic Champion, will be looking to extend his unblemished 15-0 record (15 KO’s) en-route to winning his first world title. Joshua, the 1/7 favourite to win the fight, is excited about the world title opportunity and said:
“It’s so soon but when the opportunity presented itself it was something we had to look at, as Charles Martin called me out. When I go out to fight I go out to fight, I go out to knock people out and that’s the same with all my opponents, that’s why they’ve always been entertaining.”
Alex O’Shaughnessy, Chief Marketing Officer at William Hill, said: “Martin vs Joshua is going to be one of the biggest sporting events this spring and we’re thrilled to be associated with it.
“Anthony Joshua is big box office in this neck of the woods and we’re expecting to see the TV viewing figures and ticket sales records smashed for this fight. AJ is a big favourite with us to claim the world title but the odds will probably be more pro-Martin different on the other side of the pond.”
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport, said: “Martin vs Joshua is going to be a mega heavyweight title showdown and we’re delighted to have a real heavyweight global brand like William Hill on board. I think it is a 50/50 fight. I normally agree with the bookies odds – but I think this fight will be a lot closer than William Hill have it.”