Fury: Martin would stop Joshua

Tyson Fury says fellow heavyweight Anthony Joshua will get stopped by Charles Martin if the pair square off in April.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed recently that he was lining up a possible world title fight between IBF heavyweight champion Martin and Joshua at The O2 on April 9.

Martin won the title in January via technical knockout after Vyacheslav Glazkov suffered a knee injury and was forced to retire in the third round.

The American has been calling out Fury in recent weeks, and the WBO and WBO heavyweight champion is backing him to beat Joshua if the fight goes ahead.

“Charles Martin is not an easy fight for Joshua,” Fury told World Boxing News.

“If I had to put my money on it, I’d say Charles Martin stops Joshua as he’s a 6ft 5in punching southpaw with combinations, who’s not afraid of people just because they’ve got muscles.

“It’s a difficult fight and this could be a banana skin pretty similar to Tim Witherspoon v Frank Bruno or Tony Thompson v David Price. They are the two that spring to mind for the heavyweights with the Americans coming over when it’s supposed to be easy [for the British fighters] and then they get chinned.”

Fury believes Joshua showed he was vulnerable in his victory over Dillian Whyte in December, despite going on to secure his 15th consecutive knock-out victory.

“Eddie Hearn might be trying to cash Joshua in at the moment because he saw vulnerability as Dillian Whyte nearly had him out with a left hook. Maybe someone with a bigger punch and a bit more experience would have followed him up and got him out of there,” added Fury.

“If I had landed that shot Dillian landed on him, he wouldn’t have survived. Same goes for Wladimir Klitschko, David Haye or Deontay Wilder.”