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Charles Martin discusses IBF title win, gets challenged by Dereck Chisora

Charles Martin barely had time to celebrate his IBF title win before he had his first public challenge from Dereck Chisora.

Charles Martin

"I'm just excited. It's still soaking in. I'm finally world champion. A lot of hard work -- it was a long camp. 11 weeks. There was a lot of pent-up frustration and anger, and I had bad intentions on all the punches I was throwing. Unfortunately it ended the way it did but he was a warrior, he's a good fighter. I hope he's OK and can continue with his career."

"I knew he was 20 pounds lighter than me, so I couldn't throw a three-piece combination or anything more than that because he wouldn't be there to get hit with it. I'm more of a calculated fighter and I won't throw it unless I'm gonna land it. I had to wait until he slowed down. We train to get stronger as the fighters get slower. When they show weakness and fatigue in the ring, that's when we capitalize."

"I'm a patient fighter. I know we had 12 rounds. I was gonna catch up to him eventually. I knew he couldn't get in to do what he wanted to do, because I kept my distance, but we were gonna catch up eventually."

"I got a lot to show (still). I just wanted to display what we've been working on for so long. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, but I'll be back soon. I'll be back soon."

"I want to unify all the belts. I want to fight Tyson Fury, I want to fight Deontay Wilder, everything. I want all the hardware. Tyson Fury has more belts, so we'll take that first. As long as the fans want it, I'm with it."

"At times I felt like, I'm peaking and we're still going (in camp). It seemed like forever. We were gonna fight Dominic Breazeale and then we pulled out to fight for this world title. I'm gonna show the world, I've got that fighter's heart. I'm a complete fighter, man. You gotta handle all fights differently. Some guys you want to do different things to. But I just can't wait to get back in there."

"I didn't (hear the boos). I knew I didn't, like, hit him. I knew I didn't. Something happened, he tore his ACL. But he didn't have a punch. He was going to my body and stuff like that. But he just didn't have enough power. I was gonna catch up to him eventually. I'm patient. I did not take credit for that ACL tear. I knew I didn't happen. I was confused, I was like, 'What just happened?' I didn't know what happened when it happened."

On being a sports star in St. Louis: "It's a good thing. Honestly, I haven't been back home in so long. I left when I was, like, 12 years old. But yeah, that's pretty good, because I'm from there. It feels good."

On Deontay Wilder's flaws: "I didn't see it. I heard he got a vicious knockout tonight. But yeah, I've seen that he can't fight a southpaw."

On Tyson Fury: "I'm not a bad guy, I don't like talking down on people, it's not my style. But everybody has their little things, little kinks in their armor that can be exposed if you know how to capitalize on them."

"We wanted to get this done. I wanna leave the sport how I came in. I don't wanna be messed up when I leave. I don't wanna linger around. I wanna get in here, beat everybody down, get all the belts, and get out."

Dereck Chisora

To Charles Martin: "We'll speak to your team, and if me and you can do it, I don't mind doing it. I'll challenge you, I don't mind. 100%, I'm down for fighting. I'll challenge you any time you want, man. Should we do it in Vegas? LA? We're all here, all the heavyweights are here, we're like a bunch of hyenas, we come to get the scraps, that's it. Well done, guys, anyway."

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