Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua MBE will challenge Charles Martin for the IBF World Heavyweight title at The O2 on April 9, 2016.

Martin travels to England to make the first defence of the title that he landed in Brooklyn in January against Vyacheslav Glazkov, and the unbeaten Californian puts the belt on the line in his first fight outside the States.

Joshua’s first World title fight was at the Greenwich venue and he has quickly turned into a boxing fortress, with five of his previous fights taking place at The O2, including his last outing where he added the British title to his Commonwealth strap against bitter rival Dillian Whyte – his seventh round stoppage the 15th in a row from 15 pro fights.

“Fighting for the Heavyweight World title has been a dream of mine since I turned professional,” said Joshua.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to turn that dream in to reality. Not only is that, having the chance to fight for it in my home town at The O2 and live on Sky Sports unbelievably exciting.

"Charles Martin is a great fighter and a hungry competitor so I am going to have to produce the performance of my career to claim that belt"

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