Charles Martin calls out Dillian Whyte
Former IBF heavyweight champion “Prince” Charles Martin (28-2-1, 25ko) is looking to get back into the heavyweight championship picture by fighting WBC Interim titlist Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-2, 19ko).
Martin’s story in boxing is one fans remember all too well. He won the vacant IBF championship against Vyacheslav Glazkov back in January 2016. Afterwards, he would lose the title in his first defense against then-challenger Anthony Joshua in April 2016. His reign as champion is the second shortest run in heavyweight history.
His life would take a turn after being shot in the forearm and underwent surgery. Moreover, the boxing community started questioning his mental state after a series of bizarre videos of him smoking weed and acting out of character while screaming “fuck boxing.”
The former champion would take a one-year hiatus from the sport. Martin would return in 2017 with a string of wins before losing to undefeated rising prospect Adam Kownacki back in 2018. He would bounce back again with a three-fight win streak. One of them included an IBF title eliminator with Gerald Washington back in February 2020.
BACK ON THE TITLE HUNT
In 2021, Martin was in preliminary talks to fight former WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder. This news was surprising considering the Washington fight was the last time he has been in the ring. However, his hopes of fighting Wilder are dead in the water. Wilder was recently granted the trilogy fight with WBC champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury.
Well, it seems he has now set a bullseye on the chest of Whyte. During an interview with Sky Sports, he called for a fight with the WBC Interim titlist to maneuver a rematch with Joshua.
“Knocking out Dillian Whyte would put me one step closer to Joshua. Fury vs Wilder III is happening, and then maybe a couple of fights between that winner and Joshua. So while I’m waiting, I want to fight the best available, and I want to welcome Dillian Whyte to the United States with another knockout loss.”
Martin also believes that defeating Whyte is not going to be difficult.
“Whyte is an easy fight. He takes too many clean punches.”
By: Garrisson Bland