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New IBF champ Martin eyes Fury unification

Phil Jay 18/01/2016

Stephanie Trapp

Charles Martin wants to go straight in at the deep end following his unsatisfying victory over Vyacheslav Glazkov on Saturday night in New York.

The undefeated puncher picked up the IBF heavyweight title by default as Glazkov suffered a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament and Martin was himself upset at the way the fight end at the Barclays Center.

“I still wanted to fight,” Martin said after the fight. “We trained for 12 rounds and we were going to get stronger as the rounds went on.

“He just kind of twisted his ankle, it looked like. But every time I hit him in the body and his legs were flying.

“It’s boxing. That was a football injury. I’m sorry for him. It’s unfortunate he couldn’t continue the fight.”

On who he’d like to face next, Martin pointed to a four-belt battle with current top division king Tyson Fury, who was ringside in Brooklyn and had a few words on encouragement for the new title holder after his triumph.

“I want to unify the titles. We didn’t even fight tonight. I want another fighter. I want Tyson Fury,” he said.

Fury has to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch in the late spring, but could face either Martin or WBC champion Deontay Wilder at the back end of 2016 provided he gets past the Ukrainian for a second time.