Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin is set to return to action this summer as the American bids to put his disappointing loss to Anthony Joshua behind him.
‘Prince’ Charles surrendered his world title in London at the first attempt earlier this month and manager Mike Borao wants his man to leave the defeat behind him before making a fresh comeback.
“First of all, I’d just like to say congratulations to Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn. I wish them much success,” Borao told World Boxing News.
“Regarding Charles, I believe he will learn from this experience and come back stronger. We cannot dwell on this and we have to move forward in order to work towards getting back in the title picture.
“First, I want Charles to get some much-needed rest as he is coming off back-to-back camps and he needs a good break to recharge.
“If you look at it, Charles has had 25 fights in just over three years, so I want him to forget about boxing for a couple of weeks. After that, I would like to see him back in the ring in July and against a top 15 contender in the fall.
“I’m not giving up on Charles. I still believe he is one of the world’s top heavyweights and he can come back even stronger from the Joshua fight,” he added.
At 29 years of age, Martin is relatively young for a heavyweight but faces being frozen out for the time being as the current champions eye up unifications over the next twelve months.
Joshua, three-belt title holder Tyson Fury and WBC king Deontay Wilder are all hoping to face each other in 2016/17, whilst Martin needs to defeat a couple of top names in order to regain a foothold in the division.