Martins is desperate to knock out Joshua says manager Mike Borao.
Prince Charles Martin manager Mike Borao says Martin is desperate to fight Joshua and knock him out before he retires.
Martin returns against Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz in an IBF eliminator in Florida on New Year’s Day, with victory keeping the former IBF champion in contention with the top heavyweight contenders.
The American’s main goal is to avenge his loss to Joshua, who will try to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO belts in a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk next year.
“I think Usyk beats Joshua again, but I am rooting for Joshua,” Martin’s manager Borao told Sky Sports.
What was said about Charles.
“Charles desperately wants to fight and KO Joshua before he retires. He’s been focused on that singular goal since 2016 – it’s what motivates him and it’s the reason why he will beat Luiz Ortiz.
“Charles will do whatever it takes to become two-time heavyweight champion, including fighting a second IBF eliminator against one of the most avoided heavyweights in the world.”
Martin brutally knocked out Gerald Washington in his last bout, but was frustrated in his pursuit of fights against Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz Jr.
“I tried very hard to make a fight against Andy, but he refused.
“We also tried to make the fight against Dillian with no success – and thank goodness, given his most recent withdrawal [from the Otto Wallin fight due to injury].”