Back Anthony Joshua to beat Charles Martin, but after Round 5

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The ‘Round Betting’ for Anthony Joshua’s IBF Heavyweight title challenge on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London is very interesting and the general consensus is that he will stop the American title holder Charles Martin inside five rounds. But popular Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are offering very good odds about Anthony Joshua winning in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds.

There has been plenty of calm respect between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua in recent days. Martin was the beneficiary of Tyson Fury having to relinquish his IBF title, but is still unbeaten in 24 professional fights; nine more fights than Joshua’s run to date so the American has the experience edge. But there is little animosity between the pair, just a confidence that they can both go and do a job.

“He’s a bit bigger than Dillian, he’s got an aura,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “What can I say? This is heavyweight boxing, who hasn’t got an aura? That’s the first time we’ve come face-to-face (during “The Gloves Are Off”, which you can find on YouTube). It was alright – we’ve got respect for each other, he respects me and I respect him. But, at the same time, there’s a lack of respect due to the fact that we’ve got to fight each other.” Joshua said after their first meeting the other day.

A 26-year old man with wisdom somewhat beyond his years on camera, British boxing fans will be hoping Anthony Joshua will match his maturity with his skill in the ring.  

The fight is being shown live on Sky Box Office and the quality undercard, which includes George Groves, kicks off at 6pm. As mentioned, Paddy Power are offering big odds in the round betting markets. Odds of 12/1 in round 6, 16/1 in round 7 and 22/1 in round 8 are all industry best odds and with a cagey, measured approach expected from Joshua, those 3 rounds could be where he finds the right punches to secure the world title.

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