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Charles Martin Gets Championship Opportunity Thanks To Tyson Fury

Charles Martin, left, throws a punch at Tom Dallas during the first round of a boxing bout, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in New York. Martin won when the fight was stopped in the first round. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

American boxer Charles Martin is not a big name in the boxing world but that could change thanks to unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

With Fury being stripped of his IBF title — due to the contract for his fight against Wladimir Klitschko including a rematch clause which prevents him from facing the IBF’s mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov — Martin (22-0-1, 20 KOs) is now the designated mandatory opponent to fight Glazkov for the IBF World Title Jan. 16 at Barclays Center, as the co-main event on the Deontay Wilder versus Artur Szpilka card.

Not bad for a guy who just two weeks ago was scheduled to take on Dominic Breazeale in a busy fight in San Antonio, Texas.

“I’m feeling really blessed to get this opportunity,” said Martin. “I want to become world champion so I can go down in history as a top heavyweight. Glazkov is a great fighter. He’s undefeated, so I know it’s going to be a tough fight, but I’m coming to be victorious. I’m getting ready and training hard so I can go out there and get that win.”

With Martin and Glazkov (21-0-1) now added to the card, boxing fans will get the rare pleasure of watching four heavyweights competing for two belts in one history-making night in Brooklyn.

“It’s an honor to promote a dynamic young champion like Deontay Wilder against a tough threatening opponent like Szpilka. What would have been the first heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn in 115 years is now one of the first two,” said Promoter Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment. “Martin versus Glazkov should be an extremely competitive fight and fans will be treated to the rarity of being able to see two world heavyweight championship fights on the same card.”

Martin, the No. 4-ranked IBF contender has stopped his last 12 opponents while maintaining an extremely busy schedule for a heavyweight boxer, fighting four times in 2015 and five times in 2014. In his last fight in September on the undercard of Wilder vs. Duhaupas, the 6-foot-5 southpaw used brutal combinations to produce a third round TKO of Vicente Sandez.

Glazkov on the other hand has only fought twice this year and has never been knocked down. The aggressive-minded, 6-foot-3 boxer owns victories over former champions Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek and a win over Martin would give him his first major title as a professional.

“I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and finally getting my opportunity to fight for a world title,” said Glazkov. “I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this place in my career.”

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