Who is Charles Martin and Why is He Rumored to Fight Deontay Wilder?

Published 01/18/2021, 4:16 AM EST


It’s 2021, and former WBC champion Deontay Wilder can finally return to boxing following his humiliating title loss against Tyson Fury. But Wilder is yet to have an official opponent since the trilogy fight with Tyson Fury seems to have faded away.

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‘The Bronze Bomber’ has some possible names on his radar, but he hasn’t confirmed any of them as his next in-ring adversary. 34-year-old American pugilist Charles Martin is one of them, but will he be beneficial for Wilder’s legacy? Amongst all the other big names, why is Charles Martin being touted to fight Deontay Wilder?

There are some practical reasons for that. But before hunting on them, the boxing world needs to be accustomed to Charles Martin’s name. Here’s everything you need to know about the former WBO-NABO heavyweight champion.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder vs Chris Martin? Who is ‘Prince’ Charles?

Boasting a professional record of 28 wins (25 KOs) alongside 2 losses (1 KO) and 1 draw, Charles Martin is a looming prodigy of the active heavyweight roster. Although he has won no major titles in his career, Martin has been through several battles. He understands the sport to its core.

In 2016, he faced his maiden defeat of pro-career against Anthony Joshua via KO in his first-ever major championship fight. He returned to the winning ways in his next two fights, only to face his second defeat via decision against Adam Kownacki.

But, he regained the momentum with three back-to-back wins and is being rumored to fight ‘The Bronze Bomber’. It’s prime time for Charles Martin to run for another title shot, and a win against Wilder can clearly validate the demand.

Meanwhile, it will also be a perfect fight for Wilder to shake off his ring-rust against a credible opponent. Since his last fight in February 2020, Wilder hasn’t performed on a professional stage. This year-long layoff will affect his game, and returning against Tyson Fury might not be the right option.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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