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Charles Martin “desperate” for Anthony Joshua’s rematch for second world title
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harles Martin was tipped for a second IBF world heavyweight title victory – more than five years after relinquishing the belt to Anthony Joshua.

Martin Barao, the 35-year-old’s manager, said Martin would do “whatever it takes” to win a rematch with the Briton, who won his first world title with a brutal second-round knockout in their confrontation in 2016.

AJ will face Oleksandr Usyk in the spring while Martin will take on Luis Ortiz on New Years Day, chasing his fourth consecutive victory.

“I think Usyk still beats Joshua, but I support Joshua,” Barao told Sky Sports.

“Charles desperately wants to fight and KO Joshua before he retires. He has been focusing on this singular goal since 2016 – that’s what drives him and that’s why he will beat Luis Ortiz.

“Charles will do whatever it takes to become a two-time heavyweight champion, including fighting a second IBF eliminator against one of the most avoided heavyweights in the world.”

Borao is also an advisor to Robert Helenius and wants the Finn to challenge the WBA title, currently held by Usyk ahead of his rematch with Joshua.

“Helenius manager Markus Sundman took a firm and correct position in my opinion that Robert is the mandatory WBA for Usyk,” added Borao.

“Therefore, any discussion of Martin against Usyk is premature because firstly he has to beat Ortiz; and secondly I have a strong feeling that Martin will end up fighting for a vacant IBF title.

“Once Charles gets past Ortiz, people will realize his dedication and desire to reclaim his title. Charles went pro with me 10 years ago, and I’ve never seen him as focused as he is. is actually.”


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