Jared Anderson To Face Charles Martin Next



Jared Anderson To Face Charles Martin Next

Charles Martin steps in for Kazakh Zhan Kossobutskiy to fight Toledo, Ohio’s heavyweight contender Jared Anderson on Saturday, July 1 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Kossobutskiy had issues getting a visa to the US.

Charles Martin fights Jared Anderson July 1

It may well be that Martin provides a stiffer test than the Kazakh.

Anderson-Martin and a 10-round heavyweight co-feature between unbeatens Arslanbek Makhmudov and Nigeria’s Raphael Akpejiori will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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“We weren’t going to let anything spoil the Toledo party,” Anderson said in a release from promoter Top Rank. “I have a new opponent, but it will be the same outcome.”

Martin said, “I've always said I will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. If I have to fight on less than two weeks’ notice to get a big opportunity, so be it. I'm ready. And since I can't get the best guys from my generation to fight me, I'll fight the best guy from the new generation. My goal is to become a two-time heavyweight champion. I have to beat Jared Anderson to accomplish my goal.”

From the release:

Anderson (14-0, 14 KOs) has only been extended past three rounds twice in a career that began with a first-round stoppage in October 2019.

From April 2021 to December 2022, he notched five consecutive second-round knockouts, including one over the normally durable Jerry Forrest.

Anderson began his 2023 campaign in April with a third-round stoppage over the previously undefeated George Arias (full fight below):

Martin (29-3-1, 26 KOs) is a 37-year-old St. Louis native.

He captured the IBF heavyweight world title in January 2016 with a third-round TKO over Vyacheslav Glazkov.

Martin lost his title to Anthony Joshua less than three months later, but he has remained a force on the heavyweight scene. He is 6-2 since the Joshua setback, including a highlight-reel stoppage over Gerald Washington in 2020. Martin is coming off a fourth-round knockout against Devin Vargas last September in Los Angeles. He got stopped in round six versus Luis Ortiz the fight prior.

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