Charles Martin wants to make Anthony Joshua's next fight a shot at a world title.
Martin became the United States' second current world heavyweight champion when he defeated Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF title last month and he wants his first title defence to be in London against the golden boy of British boxing.
Speaking to Boxing News Online, Martin's manager – Mike Borao – says contact has been made with Joshua's camp:
"I can confirm that Charles Martin is willing to fight Joshua April 9 in London.
Charles wants to make a statement in his first defense and wanted a Wilder or Fury unification. Both are busy with mandatory and contracted fights with Povetkin and Klitschko, so Joshua is the next best thing."
Joshua's opponent for April 9th will be announced tomorrow.
26-year-old Joshua has steam rolled his 15 opponents so far, winning all of his fights by knockout.
Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has gone on record saying that it's his intention to secure a world title fight for Joshua in the near future but no one really expected it could as soon as his first fight of 2016.
In all likelihood, negotiations between the two camps started too late to make a fight happen in April but this is a good sign that a fight between the pair is on the cards before the year is out.
[via World Boxing News]