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Anthony Joshua vs Charles Martin: Fury insists someone is getting laid out

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Next weekend, newly-crowned IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO) will face surging 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KO) at O2 Arena in London.

A veteran of only 15 pro fights, Anthony Joshua, the challenger, opened as a heavy 1/7 favorite to lift the IBF title from Martin who opened at 9/2.

Nevertheless and despite the oddsmakers, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury insists the real fraud is Anthony Joshua.

“He has got no footwork, he can’t box and he has got no jab so that means he is useless," Fury told BoxingScene.

"He is a big raw novice."

“All he has got is a big punch which everyone who pumps iron for five years, is 6ft 6in has.

Fury's prediction?

Big Tyson didn't mince words in offering a prediction.

“Unless Martin walks straight into a load of shots, which I don’t see him doing, then I see Martin taking him out cold," declared the big heavyweight.

“He has never been tested," he added.

Is Tyson Fury making an evaluation solely based on Joshua's age and pro experience?

Charles Martin certainly hasn't exactly been tearing through the upper eshelon of the heavyweight ranks himself.

Although Martin has a near-flawless record and an impressive 88 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio, Vyacheslav Glazkovis is the only ytop-tiery name on his ledger, and the latter succumbed due to a freak leg injury in their contest.

Joshua, on the other hand, is an Olympic champion and has looked every bit like a future world "prizefighting" champion in the ring thus far. He's also defeated bigger names, overall, than Martin.

Although neither fighter is a top 5 heavyweight, Joshua vs Martin is compelling because the winner will certainly be a hot commodity in boxing. Hence, the victor would not only have the IBF title but would be able to lay claim to a win over a top 10 opponent in a high stakes bout.

... Even Tyson Fury, prior to defeating then-lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko in November, was without a major world title nor a win against a top 10 opponent on boxing's biggest stage.

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