Martin KOs Washington in IBF eliminator

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin (28-2-1, 24 KOs) scored a sixth round knockout over former world title challenger Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (20-4-1, 13 KOs) in an IBF title eliminator on Saturday night inside the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Charles Martin Vs Gerald Washington 02.22.2020 02 22 2020 Fight Ryan Hafey Premier Boxing Champions
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Martin and Washington got off to a fast start as they exchanged to close round one. The southpaw Martin shot the straight left into Washington’s mid section in the third as Washington stalked. In round three both fighters kept their distance as Martin pressed and Washington stuck out the jab. The fourth round was slow paced with Washington and Martin measuring with their jabs but late in the round Martin rallied as he landed a flush straight left to close.

The straight left landed once again for Martin as he connected Washington multiple times with it in the fifth. A straight left found its mark for the last time as Martin sent Washington to the canvas. Washington got up but could not continue as he was dazed. Referee Tony Weeks waved it off at 1:57 of the sixth.

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  • So now Martin is the mandatory challenger for a rematch against Anthony Joshua. The rematch we’ve all been waiting to see.

  • Not a significant fight, but Martin did what he had to do. He is still no where being a true contender though.

  • They got off to a fast start!? What was this guy smoking!? This fight was horrid thru the first few rounds. Neither of them willing to throw any meaningful punches.

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