Charles Martin, We Barely Knew Ye…

Former IBF World heavyweight champion Charles Martin must be in a desolate place right about now. Gone is his world title, gone is his undefeated record and gone too, more than likely, is his moment in the spotlight. Heathrow to LAX is going to be a long flight.

Most fans of heavyweight boxing first heard Martin’s name when he was declared Vyacheslav Glazkov’s opponent for the IBF’s vacant world belt. He was 22-0-1 heading into the match with Glazkov, and he had made four successful defenses of his NABO heavyweight belt.  The record was largely built up on shows in theaters and casinos. In April of 2015 he knocked out Tom Dallas in the opening round on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko versus Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden.

The fight with Glazkov was on a major stage, but the way it went down did not do Martin any favors, nor did it answer any questions about him. Glazkov, who entered the favorite, injured his knee in the third round and Martin went home with the belt after mounting very little in the way of offense. Most people remember Deontay Wilder’s fight with Artur Szpilka from that night at the Barclays Center and not Martin’s fight.

Martin entered his first title defense as even more of an unknown than his opponent, Joshua, who had at least fought all his adult life as a marquee-name fighter. There were no fights in hotel conference rooms or steak houses for Joshua on his way up the ladder. Not surprisingly, Joshua was a very strong favorite, though some money reportedly did come in on Martin as the fight approached.

As champion, what was Martin’s mindset? Was he “fighting Joshua because they offered the most money,” or was he “trying to catch a future star early in his career and start building my legacy.” Martin can be forgiven for taking the money, as his purse was almost assuredly many times bigger than any previous payday.

What is a little harder to forgive is his performance in the fight. Martin talked a good game in the build-up, and promoter Eddie Hearn did his job by providing the fight with a massive stage. But once Martin was in the ring, he looked like a rudimentary fighter. Stiff and tentative in his movements, he didn’t throw a meaningful punch in the first round.

The second round was more of the same, as Martin could not open up. Joshua certainly did, as he realized he had a target that was not moving much. Martin left himself wide open and he found himself sitting on the canvas looking up at the roaring British crowd of close to 15,000.

“I can tell you what happened. I got hit with a right uppercut. That’s what happened. When Larry Holmes hit me, it was the same kind of feeling. I’m going to take it easy, think a little bit, and see what the good Lord has for me to do. Maybe He’s trying to tell me something and I’m not listening.”

This quote by Marvis Frazier, the son of the legendary Joe Frazier, came immediately to mind.

The peaceful look Martin had on his face told the world he must have been having a thought similar in nature to that of the younger Frazier so many years ago. It seemed as if that near smile on his face did a weak job of masking Martin’s embarrassment.

Afterwards, Martin’s protests were nearly non-existent, and he held Joshua’s hand up as the belt went around the British fighter’s waist. Right now, most of the boxing world would bet that Martin’s gesture of honoring the new champion was the last time Martin would be near a world championship.

So what is next for Charles Martin? It would be best for boxing if Martin went back to the drawing board, won a hard fight and then settled in to get in some fights and ring-time.  Perhaps if a second chance to showcase his skills on the world stage comes again for him, Martin will be more prepared. Or, perhaps the good Lord has something else in store for him.

 

 

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-Radam G :

"Prince" Charles Martin is a St. Louis bulljiver. He made a million dollars in less than five minutes. I doubt that the dude has a fighter's heart. For him, this gig is over. Expect for him to become a bit actor in Hollywood. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Martin won the title via an injury and Joshua has the makings of a star I saw this Easy KO coming from a mile away...... Give Joshua 2 quick "Showcase" Fights and set him up for something Big First Quarter 2017..... I think Ortiz is too rough for him but he beats Fury & his 6'6 size would be too much for David Haye


-mortcola :

Martin seems like a nice guy. But he's a klutz with beginner skills. He is three levels below Calvin Brock...four beneath Marvis, with a few handicap strokes for size. He will never beat a top-tenner except by a freak shot, a blown knee, or someone like him who was just passing through until he got nailed. For starters, compare him, a big strong guy who no one in the neighborhood would mess with, to a chiseled athlete with good coordination, like Joshua. Or, to an iron-chinned lump like Cobb or Chuvalo who stay near the top on sheer durability and guts. Or a pretty good smart technician like Harold Brazier or Marvin Johnson. You can see that Martin COULD NEVER develop into one of the players. Hardcore boxing isn't for guys like him. No shame there - its not for most.Get him a college degree in something practical, and wish him well.


-stormcentre :

But he's a klutz with beginner skills.
:) Difficult to mount a case against that. Martin talked a good game, but when it came to action . . . . . :)


-Radam G :

Martin seems like a nice guy. But he's a klutz with beginner skills. He is three levels below Calvin Brock...four beneath Marvis, with a few handicap strokes for size. He will never beat a top-tenner except by a freak shot, a blown knee, or someone like him who was just passing through until he got nailed. For starters, compare him, a big strong guy who no one in the neighborhood would mess with, to a chiseled athlete with good coordination, like Joshua. Or, to an iron-chinned lump like Cobb or Chuvalo who stay near the top on sheer durability and guts. Or a pretty good smart technician like Harold Brazier or Marvin Johnson. You can see that Martin COULD NEVER develop into one of the players. Hardcore boxing isn't for guys like him. No shame there - its not for most.Get him a college degree in something practical, and wish him well.
Ditto! Prince C was a creation out of a thing called "The Next American Heavyweight Champion." So he was just given a paper title. And is/was a millennium Primo Canera without the mafia behind him. Holla.


-Radam G :

Martin won the title via an injury and Joshua has the makings of a star I saw this Easy KO coming from a mile away...... Give Joshua 2 quick "Showcase" Fights and set him up for something Big First Quarter 2017..... I think Ortiz is too rough for him but he beats Fury & his 6'6 size would be too much for David Haye
I will bet heavy against you that Fury destroys AJ. He will confuse and abuse dat sucka, and box his head off. Both Haye and Ortiz kayo never-move-his-head AJ. Dude could not win a movement match against a statue. He is just a muscle bound hiccup. Ortiz gets him the way that he -- AJ -- got Prince C. Haye will chop off AJ's up-in-the-clouds head off like Haye's namesake did the Biblical Goliath. Holla!


-Chris L :

Joshua looked good, he looked light on his feet and was feeling martin out for the first minute or so until he realised Martin held his hands so low that he was a target for the right hand. I think fury out-boxes Joshua at the moment, Joshua boxes a little short and needs his opponent to be shorter than him for that right hand to easily find the target. That being said; if he finds the target with the right I doubt anyone stands up to it.


-Kid Blast :

This was my post before the fight and he lived up to my forecast. "Martin is the worst in history. I agree. First guy to win a title without hitting his opponent. Then he has the gall to celebrate."


-miguel1 :

Might Be a little late for a college degree. Maybe strip club bouncing - The Jewel Box may still be there in St Louis ;) Come on folks lets be a little creative with the matchmaking. I demand to see Marc De Mori vs Charles Martin. Join me! If it doesnt happen in the ring I know a terrific HOme Depot parking lot we could put 600 seats in! The loser can walk right in and get themselves a job application.


-deepwater2 :

Might Be a little late for a college degree. Maybe strip club bouncing - The Jewel Box may still be there in St Louis ;) Come on folks lets be a little creative with the matchmaking. I demand to see Marc De Mori vs Charles Martin. Join me! If it doesnt happen in the ring I know a terrific HOme Depot parking lot we could put 600 seats in! The loser can walk right in and get themselves a job application.
Julius long makes more as a strip club bouncer than he does a boxer. Martin should give him a call.


-miguel1 :

Martin vs Kimbo! Ewww I hope no one sees that and tries to make it happen.....


-stormcentre :

Might Be a little late for a college degree. Maybe strip club bouncing - The Jewel Box may still be there in St Louis ;)
Come on folks lets be a little creative with the matchmaking. I demand to see Marc De Mori vs Charles Martin. Join me! If it doesnt happen in the ring I know a terrific HOme Depot parking lot we could put 600 seats in! The loser can walk right in and get themselves a job application.
Oh that's nasty M1. But nice. Yep, throw Bimbo Slice in there too . . . just to see him gas out after 2 minutes with all those puffed up muscles displaying all the tell tale signs of fluid retention. But, make sure you run a promo on how fearless he is just minutes beforehand; streaming through all his street fighting and smack talking YouTube videos. Let the truth be told brothers. :) :)


-Radam G :

Martin vs Kimbo! Ewww I hope no one sees that and tries to make it happen.....
Prince C is terrible and phony. He did exactly what I said he would do. QUIT like a BYTCH! Bimbo Spice would pimp whup him. Talking about hitting the lotto. Prince C has been blessed. Dude should take that money and run. Maybe become a comedian as the late, great comedians Richard Pryor and Red Fox did when they discovered that boxing was not their hustle. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Charles Martin will bounce back against a second tier heavyweight such as Chris Arreola or Dominic Breazeale. Let's be honest, he lost against the future of the division (Joshua). Knowing Martin and his team personally, I am disappointed with the way Charles accounted of himself. He is better than what he showed against Joshua. However, from a financial standpoint I am glad that he got paid handsomely (around 9 million). It's prize fighting and he made enough money against Joshua to stabilize his family and live a quality life.


-Radam G :

Charles Martin will bounce back against a second tier heavyweight such as Chris Arreola or Dominic Breazeale. Let's be honest, he lost against the future of the division (Joshua). Knowing Martin and his team personally, I am disappointed with the way Charles accounted of himself. He is better than what he showed against Joshua. However, from a financial standpoint I am glad that he got paid handsomely (around 9 million). It's prize fighting and he made enough money against Joshua to stabilize his family and live a quality life.
Wow! Don't believe that figure. That is some Da Don (King) fantasy inflation, big exaggeration syet. But since you said around, that could be and is farther down. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Wow! Don't believe that figure. That is some Da Don (King) fantasy inflation, big exaggeration syet. But since you said around, that could be and is farther down. Holla!

->http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/15011142/charles-martin-bid-shatter-anthony-joshua-world-title-dream-masterminded-sly-stallone-ex-chef As the article illustrates, he got 5 million dollars guaranteed and more on the back end based on how well the PPV did. He didn't double his purse, but nearly did making close to 9 million dollars. The man is blessed because that is the type of pay day that many fighters can only dream of. When you analyze his first title defense from a monetary point of view, it was a wise over by his management team. Maximize his earning potential because this is the hurt business and you never know what might happen. I am happy for the brother. Get that money and invest well!


-deepwater2 :

Martin hit the lotto. Joshua would pay any amount of millions to get that Martin in the ring. Now Joshua has the belt and can call some shots, fight some stiffs, earn some millions, until a big money unification comes about. Martin Lawrence fighting some stuffed animal would do better than Charles Martin. He did lay down, but how many of us can say we walked into the prize ring, in front of 10's of thousands of screaming fans, wearing a crown, and walks out the loser with saves of millions. It is what it is.


-deepwater2 :

Martin moves his head better and puts his punches tighter than heavyweight Martin.
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3M0OGXY2sW4


-Radam G :

Martin moves his head better and puts his punches tighter than heavyweight Martin.
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3M0OGXY2sW4
Thanks for that info. The smartest, sharpest readers are up in this Universe. Bulljivers don't a chance with their posing and trolling. U R Da MAN! Holla!


-Radam G :

Martin moves his head better and puts his punches tighter than heavyweight Martin.
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3M0OGXY2sW4
Hehehe! True da! True da! Television Martin was a real-life amateur-fighting pug back in da day. Kid me can faintly remember him joking at the Ohio State Fair National Tournament in the mid 1980s that his ears were too big for the headgear to fit. Holla!