Charles Martin (boxer)

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Charles Martin
Real nameCharles Lee Martin
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
Born (1986-04-24) April 24, 1986 (age 33)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO24

Charles Lee Martin (born April 24, 1986) is an American professional boxer who held the IBF heavyweight title from January to April 2016. His 85-day reign as champion is the second-shortest in heavyweight boxing history, after Tony Tucker's 64 days in 1987 (also as IBF champion).[1] During Martin's short reign as IBF champion, he reached a peak active heavyweight ranking of ninth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Martin had 64 fights as an amateur, having started boxing at the age of 22. In 2012 he won the National PAL Championships.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Martin turned professional on October 27, 2012. He made his TV debut on ESPN July 19, 2013, when he beat Aaron Kinch by a fourth-round TKO. On September 21, he beat then-undefeated Vincent Thompson (13–0). The fight was in Thompson's home state Washington and Martin got a unanimous decision. He dropped Thompson in the first round, for the first time in his career.[5][6] On October 25, Martin defeated Haitian Dieuly Aristilde, by TKO in round one.[7] On November 14, Martin became the first man to ever stop Joey Dawejko. Martin dropped Dawejko in the 4th round. Dawejko's corner asked to get the fight stopped between the 4th and 5th rounds.[8] Charles Martin fought 11 times in 2013. On December 21 he won against undefeated Cuban heavyweight Glendy Hernandez (10–0).[9]

Rise up the ranks[edit]

On April 16, 2014 Martin won the vacant WBO–NABO heavyweight title by beating former undefeated boxer Alexander Flores by KO in the 4th round.[10][11][12] Martin was in a non-title fight a month later against 38-year-old journeyman Rafael Pedro at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. In an overmatched fight, Martin floored Pedro twice in round one winning the bout via knockout.[10] In July 2014, Martin successfully defended the title for the first time at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York against 37-year-old veteran Kertson Manswell. Manswell hadn't fought in seven months, since his loss to Wendell Jorkhu. Martin entered the bout with a seven-fight knockout streak. Martin won via the third knockdown rule, knocking Manswell down three times in round 3, forcing the stoppage.[13]

After a six-month gap, Martin returned to fight Damon McCreary (15–3, 11 KOs) in a non-title six-round bout. Martin won after 2 minutes into the first round via TKO. Martin made a defence of the title on February 28, 2015 against former Brazilian heavyweight champion Raphael Zumbano Love (35–9–1, 28 KOs) at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Martin won via TKO in the 10th and final round with a minute remaining.[14]

Martin's next defence came on April 25, on the undercard of Klitschko-Jennings at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York against British boxer Tom Dallas.[15] The fight lasted one round as Dallas was knocked out by a straight left hand to the head from Martin.[16][17] Martin made his fourth and final defence of his WBO–NABO title on September 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama against Mexican WBO latino heavyweight champion Vicente Sandez (15–4, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round fight. By the third round, Martin was ahead on all three judges' scorecards 20–17, knocking Sandez down in round 2. The fight was stopped by referee Flynn Gerald, 35 seconds into round 3 following another knockdown.[18]

IBF heavyweight champion[edit]

Martin vs. Glazkov[edit]

Following Tyson Fury's win against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 in becoming the new unified heavyweight champion, the IBF ordered Fury to make a mandatory defence against Vyacheslav Glazkov. However, Fury opted to take the rematch against Klitschko, thus being stripped of the IBF title in the process. The IBF then ordered Glazkov to fight Martin for a vacant world title on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[19] Glaskov's purse for the fight was $804,700, whilst Martin had a purse of $433,300.[20]

Martin claimed the vacant title by stopping Glazkov in the third round, due to injury. By round 3, the scorecards were (19–19, 20–18 Glazkov, and 20–18 Martin). Glazkov slipped to the canvas when he fell backwards after trying to dodge a right hook from Martin. Referee Earl Brown ruled it a slip, but Glazkov appeared to hurt his right knee following the fall. When the fight resumed, Glazkov threw a right body hook but was hit by Martins left jab and went down again after losing his balance. He dropped to the canvas clearly in pain. The fight was stopped, with the ringside doctor diagnosing him with a torn right ACL. According to CompuBox, Martin landed 26 of 105 punches (25 percent), and Glazkov connected on 19 of 64 blows (30 percent).[21][22]

After winning the IBF title, Martin narrowed down a shortlist of boxers he could make his first defence against. The three names were former world title challengers Chris Arreola, Artur Szpilka and rising contender Dominic Breazeale.[23]

Martin vs. Joshua[edit]

Martin chose to make the first defence of his title against rising British star and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua at The O2 Arena in London on 9 April 2016. It was reported that Martin would bank £6 million ($8.5 m) for the defense against Joshua.[24]

Joshua set the pace in the first round and kept the southpaw Martin at bay before sending him to the canvas with a straight right hand in the second round. Martin got to his feet only to be knocked down for a second time by a similar punch just moments later. This time Martin failed to beat the count after taking too long to get up, and the referee waved the fight off, with Joshua winning his first world title.[25][26] Martin was heavily criticized for his performance, and apparent lack of ambition to win the fight. Observers accused him of quitting early, feeling that he could have got up quicker and fought on.[27][28] Martin later placed the blame on the pre-fight distractions, claiming that he was 'mentally not there'.[29] At just 85 days, Martin's reign as IBF heavyweight champion was the second-shortest in professional boxing history, with only Tony Tucker's 1987 reign being shorter.

Career from 2017[edit]

On April 17, 2017 Martin announced that he would make a return on April 25 in a non-televised fight against 37-year-old journeyman Byron Polley (30–20–1, 13 KOs, 3 NC) at the Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi in a scheduled 10-round bout.[30] Martin won the fight via second-round TKO.[31] In the post fight, he said, “I’m just back to finish what I started ... Now I’m back and I’m ready to be undisputed, like my plans were originally, undisputed champ.” Polley was dropped two times in the second before the fight was stopped 51 seconds into the round.[32]

Martin continued his comeback trail on July 18 at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana against 31-year-old journeyman Michael Marrone (21–7, 15 KOs).[33] Martin won the bout in the first round via knockout. A first knockdown occurred after Martin landed a left hook, then a left shot to the body floored Marrone again. Marrone was then counted out by referee Kenny Saintes.[34][35]

Martin vs. Kownacki[edit]

In July 2018, Showtime announced it was planning an event to take place on September 8, headlined by Danny García vs. Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC welterweight title. It was rumoured that Martin would challenge Polish rising contender Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO) on the undercard.[36] On August 1, the card was confirmed to take place at the Barclays Center in New York City. Kownacki was coming into the bout with wins over Artur Szpilka via stoppage and a decision win over then once-beaten Iago Kiladze.[37] Martin started the fight slow, being forced to box on the back foot, allowing Kownacki to take a lead on the scorecards. It was from round 3 when Martin began opening up and letting his hands go. The fight was not without action throughout the 10 rounds, which the final round being considered potential round of the year by pundits and commentators, which saw both boxers trade to the head and body. All three judges scored the bout 96–94 in favor of Kownacki.[38][39] Both boxers earned a $100,000 purse for the fight.[40] After the fight, Martin said, "I believed I got the win. I did work on the inside and no one saw that. I did really good work on the inside. I will get back in the gym. Looks are very deceiving. I put up a hell of a fight and I came up just short." According to CompuBox stats, Martin landed 203 punches of 621 thrown (33%) and Kownacki landed 242 of his 729 landed (33%).[41][42] The fight, which opened Showtime's telecast, averaged 395,000 viewers and peaked at 503,000 viewers.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Martin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, before moving to Colorado Springs and Phoenix after the age of 12. Martin started doing construction work from the age of 14 and had his first son at a young age. He has four children.[44]

In the early hours of August 5, 2016, it was reported by Sky Sports that Martin had been shot in Los Angeles. He was allegedly involved in an altercation with two men that resulted in him having a gunshot wound to his forearm as he was driving away. He underwent surgery for the wound.[45] Martin checked out of hospital following surgery on August 10.[46]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
30 fights 27 wins 2 losses
By knockout 24 1
By decision 2 1
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 N/A N/A United States Steve Vukosa N/A – (10) Dec 21, 2019 United States Toyota Arena, Ontario, California, U.S.
30 Win 27–2–1 United States Daniel Martz TKO 4 (10), 2:03 Jul 13, 2019 United States Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
29 Win 26–2–1 United States Gregory Corbin DQ 8 (10), 0:53 Mar 16, 2019 United States AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S. Corbin disqualified for repeated low blows
28 Loss 25–2–1 Poland Adam Kownacki UD 10 Sep 8, 2018 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
27 Win 25–1–1 United States Mike Marrone TKO 1 (10), 2:31 Jul 18, 2017 United States Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
26 Win 24–1–1 United States Byron Polley TKO 2 (10), 0:51 Apr 25, 2017 United States Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, U.S.
25 Loss 23–1–1 United Kingdom Anthony Joshua KO 2 (12), 1:32 Apr 9, 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Lost IBF heavyweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov TKO 3 (12), 1:50 Jan 16, 2016 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant IBF heavyweight title
23 Win 22–0–1 Mexico Vicente Sandez KO 3 (10), 0:35 Sep 26, 2015 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO heavyweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 United Kingdom Tom Dallas TKO 1 (10), 2:56 Apr 25, 2015 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO heavyweight title
21 Win 20–0–1 Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love KO 10 (10), 1:47 Feb 28, 2015 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO heavyweight title
20 Win 19–0–1 United States Damon McCreary KO 1 (6), 2:21 Jan 9, 2015 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
19 Win 18–0–1 Trinidad and Tobago Kertson Manswell TKO 3 (10), 2:33 Jul 23, 2014 United States BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO heavyweight title
18 Win 17–0–1 Cuba Rafael Pedro KO 1 (10), 2:19 May 20, 2014 United States Pier, Santa Monica, California, U.S. Retained WBO–NABO heavyweight title
17 Win 16–0–1 United States Alexander Flores KO 4 (10), 1:14 Apr 16, 2014 United States Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO heavyweight title
16 Win 15–0–1 United States Tyyab Beale KO 2 (8), 2:37 Mar 1, 2014 United States Evangeline Downs, Opelousas, Louisiana, U.S.
15 Win 14–0–1 United States Maurenzo Smith RTD 3 (8), 3:00 Feb 6, 2014 United States Florentine Gardens, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
14 Win 13–0–1 Cuba Glendy Hernandez RTD 4 (6), 3:00 Dec 21, 2013 United States Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
13 Win 12–0–1 United States Joey Dawejko RTD 4 (6), 3:00 Nov 14, 2013 United States Florentine Gardens, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
12 Win 11–0–1 Haiti Dieuly Aristilde TKO 1 (6), 2:27 Oct 25, 2013 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.
11 Win 10–0–1 United States Vincent Thompson UD 6 Sep 21, 2013 United States Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, U.S.
10 Win 9–0–1 United States Aaron Kinch TKO 4 (6), 2:55 Jul 19, 2013 United States Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire, U.S.
9 Win 8–0–1 United States Joshua Clark UD 6 Jun 6, 2013 United States The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
8 Win 7–0–1 United States Sylvester Barron KO 2 (6), 0:31 May 22, 2013 United States Pier, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
7 Draw 6–0–1 Mexico Alvaro Morales MD 4 Mar 30, 2013 United States Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Phillip Triantafillo KO 2 (4), 1:44 Mar 14, 2013 United States Florentine Gardens, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Anthony Hinson KO 1 (4), 2:57 Feb 23, 2013 United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Kosetatino Sinoti KO 1 (4), 2:39 Feb 1, 2013 United States Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Terrance Perro KO 4 (4), 0:41 Dec 21, 2012 United States Florentine Gardens, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Larry Ward KO 3 (4), 1:31 Nov 17, 2012 United States Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Vashawn Tomlin KO 1 (4), 3:00 Oct 27, 2012 United States Music Factory, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.


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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Seth Mitchell
heavyweight champion

April 16, 2014 – January 2016
Title next held by
Jarrell Miller
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Tyson Fury
IBF heavyweight champion
January 16, 2016 – April 9, 2016
Succeeded by
Anthony Joshua