World Championships heavyweight boxing returns to London this weekend.
Anthony Joshua, who confirmed his Irish roots to Irish-boxing.com, has the chance to join former Irish Champion Tyson Fury and American Deontay Wilder as a heavyweight champion of the World when he takes on Charles Martin on an O2 card that Matthew Macklin appears on Saturday.
AJ fever seems to have taken hold and this battle of the big men for the IBF title has attracted the interest of the casual. As a results predictions are reigning in from all angles and it’s hard to get a good grasp of what those in the know have to say.
So we here at Irish-boxing.com sought the opinions of Irish fighters, who know a thing or two about heavyweight boxing and will have a keen eye on how things transpire on Saturday.
The novice trio are a good bit of World level, but all have aspirations to reach the pinnacle. Former Senior Champions Sean Turner, who faced Joshua in the amateurs, and Con Sheehan as well as Niall Kennedy gave their predictions for Saturday’s showdown.
Martin Rogan 16-6
I think Anthony Joshua between rounds 1 and 3 by Knockout. If it gets past six I think Martin will win it. Joshua has no engine, he’s a sprinter not a marathon runner.
Con Sheehan- 1-0
“I dont know too much about Martin, but from what I have seen he’s a good boxer. He has a good workrate and can punch, but I think Joshua’s got a bit too much for him in terms of speed and power. It will be interesting if the fight makes the championship rounds, but I fancy Joshua by KO.”
Niall Kennedy- 4-0
“I fancy a Joshua stoppage around the 8th round, but to be honest I see him getting well outboxed for majority of the fight before that.”
Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner- 7-0
“I think Charles Martin has a good chance. I think Joshua is underestimating Charles Martin. Regardless it won’t go all the way, that’s 100 percent. I am going to throw money on Charles Martin to win he is 5/1, not that I want Joshua to lose, but I think Martin could knock him out. It’s whoever lands first really!”