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Martin vs Joshua: Live streaming results and round by round coverage

Charles Martin faces Anthony Joshua in today's big main event from London.

Matchroom Sport

Today at 1:00 pm EDT on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom, Matchroom Boxing presents a big slate of fights from the O2 Arena in London, featuring Charles Martin defending the IBF heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua in the main event.

Showtime will pick up U.S. coverage at 5:00 pm EDT for the main event.

Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO) won the IBF belt in January against Vyacheslav Glazkov, a third round TKO when the fight was stopped due to a knee injury to Glazkov. Joshua (15-0, 15 KO) has routed his professional opposition thus far after winning gold at the 2012 Olympics, and has become a major star at home in the UK.

On the undercard: Lee Selby (22-1, 8 KO) vs Eric Hunter (21-3, 11 KO) for Selby's IBF featherweight title; Jamie McDonnell (27-2-1, 12 KO) vs Fernando Vargas (29-9-3, 20 KO) for McDonnell's WBA bantamweight title; George Groves (22-3, 17 KO) vs David Brophy (16-0-1, 1 KO); Matthew Macklin (34-6, 22 KO) vs Brian Rose (28-3-1, 8 KO); Ohara Davies (10-0, 8 KO) vs Andy Keates (11-3, 1 KO).

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Anthony Joshua def. Charles Martin by KO (1:32 of round 2)

George Groves def. David Brophy by KO (0:47 of round 4)

Conor Benn def. Ivailo Boyanov by TKO (2:07 of round 1)

Lee Selby def. Eric Hunter by unanimous decision (115-111, 116-110, 116-110)

Jamie McDonnell def. Fernando Vargas by TKO (2:39 of round 9)

Matthew Macklin def. Brian Rose by majority decision (113-113, 115-111, 115-111)

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Round 1: First minute is tense, nothing from Martin, a couple exploratory pokes from Joshua. Right hand from Joshua, not clean, but scoring blow. Joshua throws another right, short. Another right, a bit short but closer. Joshua starting to throw with confidence. Martin very patient so far. Upright stance, seems open for something big. Martin throws a left to the body, but not thrown with purpose. Right hand from Joshua. And another. Another and Martin shakes just a hair, but may have been the ad on the mat that threw off his balance more than a punch. Martin throws a long left, it's not there. Joshua 10-9

Round 2: Martin trying to move laterally a bit more, but Joshua catches him with shorter shots. Martin tagged again, but he's holding up so far. He's looking a bit more aggressive here, though. HARD RIGHT HAND ON THE BUTTON AND DOWN GOES CHARLES MARTIN! Martin up but he's in trouble. That shot caught him. ANOTHER RIGHT HAND AND DOWN AGAIN! Joshua thinks it's over. Martin gets up, but it's over. Joshua KO-2


Round 1: Brophy hurt on the first real right hand that Groves lands about halfway into the round. Groves poking with the jab otherwise, and doesn't pounce when he might have been able to finish. This is clearly going to be an easy fight for Groves. He could have done a lot more damage had he wanted in this round. Groves 10-9

Round 2: Groves continuing to dominate with his jab. This is paid sparring so far. Absolutely nothing interesting about it and it has killed the crowd, to boot. Groves 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: Brophy cut under the right eye from the jabs now. Brophy grunts throwing a few punches, but this is still all Groves at a leisurely pace. Brophy retreating again late in the round. Not hurt, really, but getting distance. Groves 10-9, 30-27

Round 4: Groves pops Brophy early in the round, and down goes Brophy. He's struggling to get up and it's over. Groves TKO-4


Round 1: Conor, the teenage son of Nigel, making his pro debut here. He's got a lot of swagger and confidence. And he's letting his hands fly early. Boyanov throwing back, and we're getting into a bit of a throw-down. Big body shots hooks and Benn gets the stoppage. Benn TKO-1


Round 1: This might be an absolutely miserable fight for entertainment. Or it might be really interesting. But the former is a definite possibility. Slow first round. Hunter mostly posturing and "making" Selby miss. Selby the aggressor, for whatever it's worth, and landed a couple. Selby 10-9

Round 2: Selby trying to start fast in this round. Left hook lands from Hunter, Selby throws a right back. Eric Hunter gets warned for something, argues with the referee, looks to his corner for some kind of help, and Selby cracks him. WHAM! HUNTER DROPS SELBY WITH A COUNTER HOOK! Hunter going for the attack after Selby comes back. Selby still a little bit wobbly, and Hunter is throwing big shots, but hitting on the break. Selby's legs coming back as the round winds down. Hunter 10-8, Hunter 19-18

Round 3: Hunter kind of trying to taunt and goad Selby into making another mistake. He's got real confidence in his counter shots now, and, well, understandably so. Selby reaching with long power shots, not landing, and Hunter might be able to make something of those misses again. Right hand from Selby gets a rise from the crowd, but not a huge shot or anything. Selby doing more work this round. Counter right from Hunter. Selby back with another decent shot. Selby 10-9, 28-28

Round 4: Selby seems in control again. Hunter kinda has the knockdown and little else so far. Hunter doing nothing, basically. Selby 10-9, 38-37

Round 5: Selby in control again this round. Hunter doing nothing again. Selby landing some clean shots, he's getting his confidence and rhythm now. Selby 10-9, 48-46

Round 6: Hunter still swinging counter shots but not landing much, not leading any of the action, and Selby is working more consistently, landing his right hand pretty often. He's really won this entire fight pretty handily other than when he get knocked down. There's still some danger here, but this is not really that close of a fight. Hunter switches southpaw late in the round. Selby 10-9, 58-55

Round 7: Hunter trying to pressure a bit more this round. Now he's warned for straying low, and he again is very visible reacting to the warning. Told that next time he'll lose a point. Hunter caught with another right hand, but he's continuing to move forward. Selby 10-9, 68-64

Round 8: Hunter doing a bit better this round, starting to actually dig in his heels and land some shots, letting his hands go. Hunter losing a point for low blows and almost does a dramatic "OH LORD" collapse. Shame for Hunter, as he won this round. Hunter 10-9, -1 for Hunter, Selby 77-73

Round 9: And once again, Hunter being warned for low blows. He's being threatened with a DQ now. These are pretty much all borderline shots at worst, and none of them intentional. But here we are. Selby 10-9, 87-82

Round 10: Hunter is mentally frustrated -- and perhaps rightly so -- and Selby is landing more right hands again. Hunter is picking shots here and there. Selby 10-9, 97-91

Round 11: It's a choppy fight at times. Not chippy. But a lack of consistent action, even if no outright lulls. Selby's workrate is just putting him through most of these rounds for me. Selby 10-9, 107-100

Round 12: Hunter needs a KO. Hunter gets warned for holding. He doesn't even care anymore. Marcus McDonnell has made way too much of himself in this fight. Hunter does take this round, Selby mostly took it off and took no risks, which he had the luxury of doing. Hunter 10-9, Selby 116-110


Round 1: Vargas came in on five days' notice so there's very little expected of this. McDonnell pumping his jab out in the opening round. Pretty easy work in the first round for McDonnell. Mostly question about this fight is how long it lasts. McDonnell 10-9

Round 2: Vargas giving the effort, anyway. So there's that much. McDonnell 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: McDonnell coming out with a bit more purpose in this round. Connecting with harder, heavier blows in this round. Vargas still trying but the canyon in class is showing now. McDonnell 10-9, 30-27

Round 4: McDonnell continues to do work. I know I'm not saying much, but we're on fight three of a many billions of fights day, and this is exactly what it was going to be. McDonnell 10-9, 40-36

Round 5: Do respect the effort Vargas is giving. Big opportunity for him and he didn’t even get a chance to properly prepare. He’s trying. McDonnell 10-9, 50-45

Round 6: IT IS WHAT IT IS AT THE END OF THE DAY McDonnell 10-9, 60-54

Round 7: Vargas lands a good right hand. That's ... I mean, that's about it. Vargas moving a lot more than I expect McDonnell anticipated. McDonnell 10-9, 70-63

Round 8: McDonnell closing this round nicely. It continues to be what it is. McDonnell 10-9, 80-72

Round 9: McDonnell starting to hurt Vargas consistently now. Body shots are wearing on him, then McDonnell goes right back up top to keep him rocking around. McDonnell bullying this round. Vargas down with 25 seconds left in the 9th, and the corner stops the fight. McDonnell TKO-9


Round 1: Pivotal fight for both guys, neither can afford a loss if they want another world title shot. Macklin coming out with some aggression, looking to get in close. Counter right from Rose lands clean. Macklin's nose bloodied a few moments later. Rose 10-9

Round 2: Macklin trying to make it a rough fight inside here, but Rose lands another right and ties him up. Rose a little fresher early here, but Macklin forcing more of what he wants. Rose holding as tactics, then hitting, Macklin complaining a bit, but referee letting them go. Rose unleashes his jab, which he's held in his pocket so far. Macklin 10-9, 19-19

Round 3: Rose continuing to stay in control. Macklin looks totally fine physically on the surface, and it's not that he's trigger shy or having trouble pulling it, not major problems anyway, but he's know, he's a 33 year old fighter with a hard career behind him. Rose's corner wasn't happy after the second round, but they should be fine with this one. Rose 10-9, 29-28

Round 4: Still a fight that's just sitting on the edge between tactics and action. Not dull, but no inspiring exchanges, either. Rose looking to pick shots. Macklin kinda just staying in it right now. The better quality work seems to be coming from Rose, but only in spots, and Macklin arguably more consistent. Macklin 10-9, 38-38

Round 5: Neither of these guys looking like they should ever get a world title fight again, even though the winner potentially could. The timing for both guys is off, and Sky notes it, too. Fight's just not sparking at all. It's OK, it's watchable, not a dire exhibition, but not exciting at all. Rose 10-9, 48-47

Round 6: Rose picking and pecking with shots, Macklin trying to create a fight inside. Rose having a better round again here, starting to consistently land. Macklin getting a hair frustrated, referee gives him a warning about his tactics. Macklin with some whacking body shots later in the round. He needs more of that, and knows it. Rose 10-9, 58-56

Round 7: Could be Macklin up by two points, could be even, that kind of fight right now. What do you like better? Not that this is a thrilling nailbiter. It's just close mediocrity, really. Rose landing the cleaner, better shots. That's what I'm preferring here, because Macklin's "busier" work isn't good enough. Macklin does land two nice body shots late. Rose 10-9, 68-65

Round 8: Macklin again trying to get going later in the round here, starts a bit slow. Macklin's face really swelling up and he's wobbly just a bit late, and his gum shield is coming out. He's reacting to shots now, and not in a good way. Rose 10-9, 78-74

Round 9: Macklin still trying here, but I wonder if he's got much left at this point. Maybe some still see it closer, maybe they gave him more early than I did, but Rose seems to have really taken control in the last few rounds. Macklin looking worse for wear. Effort is there. But he's getting beaten up and you have to wonder if it's really worth it anymore. Rose 10-9, 88-83

Round 10: Macklin goes low again a minute in here. He could lose a point, but referee being lenient and just giving him a final warning. Macklin doing a bit better this round. You have to respect the effort. He's fighting with all he has left. He just doesn't appear to have a whole lot left anymore. Rose isn't great, but he's been fresher. And Macklin gets a point taken JUST before the bell for another foul, a shot that apparently strayed low. Macklin 10-9, -1 for Macklin, Rose 97-92

Round 11: Getting a little chippy here in the 11th round. More than before. Macklin trying to make it gritty, because he needs Rose to stay still and get stupid, basically. More chippiness from Macklin. He's getting warned for a DQ now on another low blow. Rose's nose bloodied now. Macklin 10-9, Rose 106-102

Round 12: Macklin absolutely storms out of the corner. Rose gets a point taken for holding. Rose now turning it up, and Macklin's gum shield is out. After that gets fixed, Macklin is coming at Rose again, and here we are, 12th round with two aging fighters giving everything they have. Really aggressive round, both guys embrace after it's over. Bloodied, swollen up, and they ended it by leaving all they had in the ring. Macklin 10-9, -1 for Rose, Rose 114-112

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