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Anthony Joshua’s incredible rise to dominating the heavyweight diversion took a massive step when he knocked out American Charles Martin inside two rounds at the 02 Arena in London.

The Watford pro, who only started boxing at the age of 18, gave notice of his intentions in the sport by claiming gold at the London 2012 olympics – and hasn’t looked back.

In the capital, he dethroned the American with a right hand that had the referee stopping it when he hit the canvas for the second time, to become the 6th British boxer to hold a heavyweight title.

"I'm only quarter of the way there. There's still a lot of work to be done. I've done two rounds, so I'll go to the changing rooms and work on the pads,” said Joshua, who’s previous fight went 7 rounds against fellow Brit, Dillian Whyte.

The former holder acknowledged  his opponent after. "He's not difficult to fight. He's a great fighter, I want to say that, it was just that his right hand was fast, I didn't see the right. He's got good speed."

The new IBF heavyweight champion will soon be eyeing the other belts; WBA and WBO, currently held by the former IBF holder – Tyson Fury.

Fury, who lost the title – rather than defend it, when he decided on a second fight with Wladimir Klitschko this summer – who he beat last year, could be on the verge of a British heavyweight unification fight with Joshua.

But not before Joshua could line up another British head-to-head with former champion, David Haye, who had a comeback victory and fights again in May.


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