Exclusive: If obligations change, we’ll take Wilder or Fury next, says Martin’s manager

Stephanie Trapp

IBF heavyweight title holder Charles Martin’s manager Mike Borao is open to a massive unification clash next against either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder.

Martin won the vacant red belt with a third round stoppage over Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov last weekend and is now on the lookout for a suitable opponent for his first defence of the championship.

As WBA, WBO and IBO title holder Fury is contracted to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, potentially in May, and Wilder has a mandatory against Alexander Povetkin, Borao offered up Martin as a replacement foe should those fights collapse for any reason.

“We would love to fight Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder next, but they have some obligations they have to take care of first,” Borao exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Of course, this is boxing, and if either opponents became unavailable due to an injury or for any other reason, we would welcome either of those fights for Charles Martin.”

Being right in the mix as the top division is buzzing bodes well for 29 year-old Martin, who has any number of contenders to choose from should Fury and Wilder be out of reach until later in 2016.

Higher-profile options on the table include undefeated New Zealander Joseph Parker, Steve Cunningham, Robert Helenius, Andy Ruiz, Carlos Takam, Kubrat Pulev and ex-WBC title holder Bermane Stiverne, whilst another ranked contender is Andrey Fedosov.

As the IBF are due for a ratings update, there will be at least four more names added to the list for Martin and Borao to mull over for what is expected to be a late spring / early summer return to action.