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Charles Martin relishes fatherhood as he looks to come back against American rivals such as Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr |  boxing news


Charles Martin had to lock himself in a hotel room after his last fight.

The former world heavyweight champion had every reason to dwell on a cruel defeat after beating Luis Ortiz twice, only to have a career-best win snatched by a superb six-round fightback from the Cuban.

But Martin was not alone.

The 36-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19 after the fight and was a concerned father, rather than a despondent fighter as he anxiously cared for his young family in isolation.

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Martin has been spending time with his family since the Luis Ortiz fight

“I woke up the morning after the fight with a fever and tested positive for Covid after the fight. That’s life.

“My family and I ended up being quarantined in a hotel. It sucked, but at least we all did well and my little ones didn’t get really sick. That’s all that matters.”

Martin had been linked with a fight against Deontay Wilder as the biggest names in the division jostled for position during the pandemic, but he ultimately took an IBF eliminator against menacing “King Kong” Ortiz.

Charles Martin relishes fatherhood as he looks to come back against American rivals such as Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr |  boxing news
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The American competitor shared a dramatic fight with Ortiz

He had retained his reflexes, despite his long hiatus from competitive action, twice knocking down his rival competitor with a yank, but Martin couldn’t recover from a knockdown left behind by Ortiz.

“I can’t look in the rear view mirror. It’s not a way to live. I haven’t fought in two years and I was battle fatigued, and I never get battle fatigued,” Martin said. , while reflecting on his stamina-sapping illness.

With his royal nickname, “Prince”, Charles once said he “walked the earth like a god” ahead of the world title defense against Anthony Joshua.

But Martin, in his weeks away from the ring, has embraced a more modest role. Parenthood.

“I’ve been relaxing with the family and spending a lot of time with my baby twins since my last fight, and it’s been great.

“I’ll be back in the gym with [trainer] Manny [Robles] this month and I hope to be back in the ring at the end of July or August. I tried to get in with Derek Chisora ​​on July 9, but they told my people they didn’t want to fight southpaws.”

Martin retains a desire to challenge the best heavyweights in the world and with manager Mike Borao planning his next move, he’s set to return, with a new motto.

Charles Martin relishes fatherhood as he looks to come back against American rivals such as Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr |  boxing news
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The 36-year-old is coached by Manny Robles

“I’m still ranked in the top 10 [by the IBF], so there are a lot of fights for me – Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz, a rematch with Adam Kownacki. I’ll take something, the bigger the better.

“I’ve been blessed in my life. Al Haymon and PBC have been really good to me and my family. I’ve had the same manager Mike Borao since amateurs and my guy Paul Cain has been with me since the start as well.

“I’ve had a great career so far, but it’s hard to give up on becoming a two-time heavyweight champion, so I’m going to give him one more run for the title while I walk this earth like a father. “




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