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Charles Martin News
The former world heavyweight champion is out to make a statement when he faces the hard-hitting Luis Ortiz Saturday night in the main event of a heavyweight extravaganza on FOX Sports PPV.
The “Gypsy King” reigns once more, dropping Wilder twice on his way to a TKO win to become the new heavyweight champion Saturday night in an epic pay-per-view.
Charles Martin Fights
LOSS vs Luis Ortiz 33-2-0
Jan 01, 2022 • Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Luis Ortiz WINS against Charles Martin by TKO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Daniel Martz 18-6-1
Jul 13, 2019 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Daniel Martz by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Gregory Corbin 15-0-0
Mar 16, 2019 • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Gregory Corbin by DQ in Round 8 of 10
LOSS vs Adam Kownacki 20-2-0
Sep 08, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Charles Martin by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Michael Marrone 21-7-0
Jul 18, 2017 • Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Michael Marrone by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Byron Polley 30-20-1
Apr 25, 2017 • Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Byron Polley by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Loss vs Anthony Joshua 24-1-0
Apr 09, 2016 • O2 Arena, London
Charles Martin LOSES to Anthony Joshua by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Vyacheslav Glazkov 21-0-1
Jan 16, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Vyacheslav Glazkov by TKO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Vicente Sandez 15-4-0
Sep 26, 2015 • Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Vicente Sandez by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Tom Dallas 17-4-0
Apr 25, 2015 • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Tom Dallas by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Raphael Zumbano Love 35-9-1
Feb 28, 2015 • Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Raphael Zumbano Love by KO in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Damon McCreary 15-3-0
Jan 09, 2015 • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Damon McCreary by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Kertson Manswell 24-8-0
Jul 23, 2014 • BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Kertson Manswell by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Rafael Pedro 21-10-1
May 20, 2014 • Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Rafael Pedro by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Alexander Flores 14-0-0
Apr 16, 2014 • Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Alexander Flores by KO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Tyyab Beale 9-3-1
Mar 01, 2014 • Evangeline Downs Casino, Opelousas, Louisiana, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Tyyab Beale by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Maurenzo Smith 12-7-3
Feb 06, 2014 • Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Maurenzo Smith by RTD in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Glendy Hernandez 10-0-0
Dec 21, 2013 • Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Glendy Hernandez by RTD in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Joey Dawejko 8-2-2
Nov 14, 2013 • Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Joey Dawejko by RTD in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Dieuly Aristilde 9-6-0
Oct 25, 2013 • Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Dieuly Aristilde by KO in Round 1 of 6
WIN vs Vincent Thompson 13-0-0
Sep 21, 2013 • Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA
Vincent Thompson LOSES to Charles Martin by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Aaron Kinch 5-1-1
Jul 19, 2013 • Rockingham Park, Salem, New Hampshire, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Aaron Kinch by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Joshua Clark 2-1-2
Jun 06, 2013 • The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Joshua Clark by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Sylvester Barron 7-1-0
May 22, 2013 • Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Sylvester Barron by KO in Round 2 of 6
Draw vs Alvaro Morales 6-12-6
Mar 30, 2013 • Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Charles Martin DRAWS with Alvaro Morales by MD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Phillip Triantafillo 2-1-0
Mar 14, 2013 • Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Phillip Triantafillo by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Anthony Hinson 0-1-0
Feb 23, 2013 • Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Anthony Hinson by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Kosetatino Sinoti 0-1-0
Feb 01, 2013 • Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Kosetatino Sinoti by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Terrance Perro 1-1-0
Dec 21, 2012 • Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Terrance Perro by KO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Larry Ward 1-3-0
Nov 17, 2012 • Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Larry Ward by KO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Vashawn Tomlin 0-6-0
Oct 27, 2012 • Music Factory , Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Charles Martin WINS against Vashawn Tomlin by KO in Round 1 of 4
Charles Martin Bio
"Prince" Charles Martin is one of the best fighters in the stacked heavyweight division. The former world title-holder is out to reclaim his title and prove that he is one of the finest from this era.
A Quick Study
Charles Martin entered boxing as a 19-year-old, tagging along to the gym for fun with the brothers of his first child’s mother.
“I learned how to move, move, move first. I was using the whole ring, sticking and moving. One day, I went to the gym and was just like, ‘Bite down. You’re going to hit me? I’m going to stand here and hit you right back.’ I started putting boys on their back. I was like, ‘Whoa!’ I gave a dude an eight-ounce shiner with some sparring gloves on,” said the 6-foot-5 Martin.
“I hit him with a hook—boom!—he flew out of the ring. He had to wear glasses for a week. That’s when I realized, ‘Oh shoot, I really can do this, man. So then I started walking guys down, putting them in the hospital, giving them concussions. When I started putting on weight, I started getting in these boys’ asses, I’m tellin’ you. It was a good feeling, too.”
Born in St. Louis, Mo, before moving on to Colorado Springs, Colorado, then Phoenix, Arizona, and, ultimately, to Carson, California, to pursue the sport, Martin fought 63 times as an amateur, earning a National PAL championship in 2012 before making his professional debut later that year at the age of 26.
Martin stopped his initial three professional opponents on first, third and fourth round knockouts against Vashawn Tomlin (October), Larry Ward (November) and Terrance Perro (December).
A “Prince” Establishes His Sovereignty
“Prince” Charles fought an amazing 11 times in 2013, going 10-0-1 with eight knockouts and winning unanimous six-round decisions over Joshua Clark (June) and Vincent Thompson (September).
During that stretch, Martin fought twice each in February and March, registering first-round stoppages of Kosetatino Sinoti and Anthony Hinson in the former, and one in the second round over Phillip Triantafillo to go with a four-round draw against Alvaro Morales in the latter.
Martin also stopped Silvester Barron (KO 2), Aaron Kinch (TKO 4), Dieuly Aristilde (KO 1) and both Joey Dwelko (RTD 4) and Glendy Hernandez (RTD 4) in May, July, October, November and December.
His pace slowed in 2014, but Martin’s KO proficiency improved as he knocked out all five opponents in Maurenzo Smith (February), Tyyab Beale (March), Alexander Flores (April), Rafael Pedro (May) and Kerston Manswell (July) in the third, second, fourth, first and third rounds.
In 2015, Martin once again stopped all of his opponents, this time, doing so four times against Damon McCreary (KO 1), Raphael Zambuno (KO 10), Tom Dallas (TKO 1) and Vincent Sandez (TKO 3) in January, February, April and September.
THE HIGHS AND LOWS
At 22-0-1 with 18 knockouts, Martin fought for the IBF’s vacant title on January 16, 2016 against Vyacheslav Glazkovl, who entered at 21-0-1 (13 KOs) and was coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Manswell.
“I’m confident I’ll become a heavyweight champion of the world. I’ve fought right-handers my entire career, but it’s gonna be hard for Glazkov to beat me with only three weeks to train for my southpaw style. I'm massive, strong, powerful, elusive,” said Martin at the time.
“I’m a complete fighter who can also fight moving backward. Glazkov’s best bet is to come and fight, [but] my jab will keep him at range. My hand speed and movement will keep me from shots.If Glazkov gets too close, he’ll get cracked with combinations. He’s definitely going to be in for the hardest fight of his life. I wouldn’t want to fight me.”
Martin won with a TKO of Glazkov, who severely injured his right knee in the third round and was unable to continue, and, in victory, became just the sixth southpaw—and third American lefty—to claim a heavyweight crown.
Martin then elected to defend across the pond at London’s O2 Arena against 6-foot-6 Anthony Joshua, a hammer-fisted gold medalist in the 2012 London Olympics who had stopped all 15 of his opponents seven rounds or fewer with 12 exiting before the third round including five who fell in Round 1.
Although Martin had halted his previous 13 opponents and gone past the fourth round just once during that stretch, Joshua made quick work of him, flooring him twice in the second and final round with right hands to the head.
“I got hurt [in sparring] 10 days before the fight and I wasn’t mentally there. I wanted to let the people know that I was hurt and to push it back,” said Martin, claiming a rib injury suffered during training prior to the Joshua fight.
“A dude hurt me in sparring. He was hitting me behind the head. We got into a clinch and I went to protect the back of my head, and the [guy] just loaded up and blasted me in the ribs. I had to go to a chiropractor to get my freakin’ ribs popped back into place.”
Things got even more difficult for Martin four months after Joshua.
In early August 2016, Martin was the victim of a shooting in downtown Los Angeles, taking a bullet in one of his forearms after an argument with two men who approached a vehicle he was in, according to reports.
“I looked down, and saw a pool of blood,” said Martin, who, after authorities arrived, was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. “I said to myself, ‘I gotta get outta here. I’m gonna die. I’m gonna bleed to death’ I have to pay respect to the cops. They saved my life.”
Martin says he’s “stronger” for the experience in a PBC Podcast interview. “That was a learning experience and just helps me to grow."
Martin was out for more than a year before rebounding in 2017 with second- and first-round TKOs of Byron Polley (April) and Michael Marrone (July).
THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION
Following another 14 months Martin returned in September 2018 against then-unbeaten contender Adam Kownacki, who entered their bout at 17-0 (14 KOs) and in search of his fifth straight stoppage victory.
Kownacki won a razor-thin, rock-em, sock-em slugfest, 96-94, on all three judges’ cards against Martin, who had added trainer Manny Robles to assist corner man Tillman for Kownacki..
“I came off the couch. I was out for a year-and-a-half. I basically trained myself for that fight. That was a 10-round fight," said Martin, who subsequently promoted Robles to the role of head trainer. "The first six rounds I was knocking the ring-rust off and regaining my comfort in the ring. If I had two more rounds it would have been a knockout.”
Martin won twice in March and July 2019 by eighth-round disqualification for low blows against previously unbeaten Gregory Corbin (15-0, 9 KOs coming in) and two-knockdown, fourth-round stoppage of Daniel Martz.
It was three straight victories following a dominating sixth-round stoppage of former title challenger Gerald Washington, whom he flattened with an overhand left to the chin on the February 22 undercard of Tyson Fury’s seventh-round stoppage that dethroned Deontay Wilder as WBC champion in their rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I’m going to shock the world. I’m gonna beat Deontay Wilder and I’m gonna beat Anthony Joshua. I’m a new person, a new fighter, my mind is in a beautiful place right now. I’m so close to another title shot that I can taste it,” said Martin.
Martin headlined a PBC FOX Sports pay-per-view against hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz on January 1, 2022, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Though Ortiz is considered the "boogeyman" of the heavyweight division, the one many fighters avoided, Martin willingly stepped in, eager to prove himself once again.
The fight was nothing short of thrilling. Martin scored two knockdowns, once in the first off his vaunted left and then again in the fourth courtesy of a stiff jab. However, a big Ortiz left in the sixth rocked and ultimately dropped him, carrying Ortiz to a six-round TKO win.