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Exclusive: Charles Martin manager outlines comeback plans

Phil Jay 23/06/2016
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📷 Stephanie Trapp

Mike Borao, manager of ex-heavyweight champion Charles Martin, has informed WBN a comeback is planned for the Saint Louis fighter this fall.

Martin was knocked out by Anthony Joshua last April in the first defence of his IBF title and Borao wanted the 30 year-old to take his time before announcing himself back on the world scene.

‘Prince’ Charles was dropped twice by Joshua at the O2 Arena in London despite many suggesting the southpaw would be a stern test for the Briton following a previous run of 24 bouts undefeated.

Borao believes the key to more success will be stepping back inside the ropes at the right time as Martin bids to regain his world ranking and move towards another shot at the top division crown in the near future.

“As you know, Charles participated in over 20 professional bouts in just about three years, so I advised him to get a good, long break to heal his body and recharge his batteries in order to be ready to comeback stronger than ever,” Borao exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Charles is going back to training camp in late July. I would like to get him a tune-up in the first two weeks of September, followed by a bout against a top-15 opponent in November/December. I believe that will position Charles for another title opportunity in early 2017.”

Commenting on the considerable fallout from the Joshua loss, Borao believes Martin has the ability to regain the world heavyweight title like many other former champions who have fallen before him.

“Boxing fans shouldn’t give up on Charles so quickly,” he said. “You have to remember that Lennox Lewis got destroyed by Oliver McCall early in his career. Also, Klitschko got stopped by Ross Purity and Corrie Sanders.

“Both Klitschko and Lewis, coincidentally got knocked out against far inferior opponents and went on to dominate the heavyweight division for years, resulting in legendary, hall of fame careers.

“That’s the gameplan for Charles right now,” stated Borao.