Anderson vs Martin - ESPN+ - July 1 - 10 pm ET

Anderson vs Martin – ESPN+ – July 1 – 10 pm ET

Anderson vs Martin  will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT TONIGHT

The highly anticipated homecoming fight for heavyweight prodigy Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson is proceeding as planned, although with a last-minute change in the rival corner. Zhan Kossobutskiy, the undefeated contender from Kazakhstan, had to bow out due to visa acquisition delays, paving the way for ex-world champion “Prince” Charles Martin to step up to the challenge. The clash with Anderson is set to take place on Saturday, July 1, at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

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  • Date : Saturday July 1
  • Time : 9 pm ET / 2 am BST (Sunday morning)
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 11pm ET / 4am BST
  • The fight is being held at the Huntington Center, Toledo.
  • Viewers in the US can watch the fight live on ESPN,  In the UK, the event will be broadcast on Sky Sports.
  • The broadcast of the main event is set to start at around 9pm ET / 2am BST, with the main event due to begin at around 11pm ET / 4am BST. These times are approximate and could change based on the length of the fights on the undercard.

The heavyweight encounter between Anderson and Martin, accompanied by another 10-round heavyweight duel between undefeated pugilists Arslanbek Makhmudov and Nigeria’s Raphael Akpejiori, will be telecast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“I’ve always stood by my word to fight anyone, anytime, anywhere,” proclaimed Martin, “If it means seizing a major opportunity on less than two weeks’ notice, I’m game. I’m ready. If I can’t draw the best fighters of my era into the ring, then I’ll take on the best of the new generation. My sights are set on being a two-time heavyweight champion. To achieve that, I need to conquer Jared Anderson.”

Anderson (14-0, 14 KOs) has only been pushed beyond three rounds twice in his career, which commenced with a first-round stoppage in October 2019. From April 2021 to December 2022, he chalked up five consecutive second-round knockouts, including one against the ordinarily resilient Jerry Forrest. In April 2023, Anderson kick-started his campaign with a third-round stoppage against the hitherto undefeated George Arias.

Martin (29-3-1, 26 KOs), a 37-year-old heavyweight hailing from St. Louis, clinched the IBF heavyweight world title in January 2016, defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov with a third-round TKO. Martin relinquished his title to Anthony Joshua in less than three months but has remained a formidable contender in the heavyweight category. Post the Joshua defeat, Martin boasts a 6-2 record, including a memorable stoppage against Gerald Washington in 2020. His most recent victory was a fourth-round knockout of Devin Vargas in Los Angeles last September.

The ESPN+-streamed undercard (6:15 p.m ET/3:15 p.m. PT) will feature Toledo natives DeAndre Ware and Tyler McCreary.

Ware (15-4-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring against Decarlo Perez (19-8-1, 6 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight tilt, while McCreary (17-2-1, 8 KOs) takes on veteran Deivi Julio (26-13, 16 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight battle.

Junior welterweight standout Tiger Johnson (8-0, 5 KOs) will face Jonathan Montrel (15-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout, and light heavyweight prospect Dante Benjamin Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) will meet Mirady Zola (4-2, 1 KO) in a six-round clash.

Junior middleweight prospect Husam Al Mashhadi (6-0, 5 KOs), the fighting pride of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, fights the durable Rance Ward (7-5-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder.

At Thursday’s press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Jared Anderson

“This is super special. I’m super excited. I’m the talk of the town. It’s a new feeling. I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to embrace it. I’m happy to be an inspiration for the kids.”

“I come prepared for anything and everything. Luckily, he is still a southpaw. I think that was the biggest reason that we chose him after the change. He’s also a bigger name. He is a former world champion. He has fought a few world titleholders as well.”

“I’m prepared for everything. It didn’t throw a monkey wrench in the plan, but it definitely made us go back to the drawing board, look at the tapes, and come back with a plan.”

“My toughest fight outside the ring is life because it throws curveballs at you that you just don’t expect sometimes. I think I’ve been through a lot in my 23 years, and I think I’ve handled it well.”

Charles Martin

“I was happy when I got the call. I had been putting in a lot of work, so I was happy that the hard work was finally paying off. I’ve dedicated myself fully. I leave no stones unturned. You can’t do that in this game.”

“Surprisingly, I won my national championship here in Toledo, Ohio before I turned professional. So, I’m kind of just coming back and reliving the experience. It’s a good thing.”

“I’m up for the challenge. He’s a big, strong, young lion. And I’m here.”

Arslanbek Makhmudov

“Camp was good. Everything was great. I just can’t wait for it to be Saturday so I can perform. Montreal has been good for me. It’s a comfortable place for my family, and it’s comfortable for my training.”

“I came here to compete against the best and become the champion of the world. That’s my goal, my target and my dream. That’s why I started boxing when I was nine years old. I have a lot of experience as an amateur and that helps me as a professional.”

Raphael Akpejiori

“I came here on a basketball scholarship from Nigeria. I was one of those kids who did everything they could to make life better for myself and my family. I played basketball for four years, and I played football until grad school. I got my master’s degree. I was picked up by the Miami Dolphins. I didn’t make the final cut, so I started boxing. And then I fell in love with the sport.”

“I met up with very good people. They say that every time a student wants to learn, a teacher magically appears. My coach is the ‘Road Warrior’ himself, Glen Johnson, and he took me to another level. All my coaches have helped take me to another level, and I’m excited to be here.”

“This is the best guy I will have faced. But to be a champion, you have to go through some fire. And I have put myself in line to go through that fire. All I have to do is listen to the ‘Road Warrior’ and do everything we’ve done in camp.”

Tiger Johnson

“I’m really excited. Everyone’s about to see what Ohio is made of. For as long as boxing has been around, Ohio has always had legends. So, we’re about to put on a show. In every camp, we always go back to the fundamentals. Everyone will see my improvement on Saturday night.”

Dante Benjamin Jr.

“I love training. It’s like a family at the gym. I have a lot of fun. This past camp has been fun because my friends have been training with me. They push me. So, it feels good.”

Abdullah Mason

“My family keeps me focused inside the gym. We all share the same goal, which is to become a world champion. So, we’ll keep working towards that, and eventually it’s going to come.”

Jahi Tucker

“Saturday night will be the same old story: domination. In my last fight {against Nikoloz Sekhniashvili}, I wanted to show everything I’ve learned. It helped me get to that level. That last fight just added on to the experience that I’m going to take to championship fights.”

DeAndre Ware

“It’s been my dream to fight at the Huntington Center. Jared made this possible, and I’m just looking forward to it. We’re going to display our talent for the city.”

Husam Al Mashhadi

“This means a lot to my family. Everybody at home is really excited for me. I’m very excited. Toledo is like my backyard, so I’m looking forward to seeing all the fans come out from Michigan.”

Tyler McCreary

“It feels good to be here. I’ve been working really hard. I appreciate Jared for coming back home. It’s a good feeling to be back in action.”

Anderson vs Martin News


  • (ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

        •  Jared Anderson 243.4 lbs. vs. Charles Martin 250.5 lbs
    (Heavyweight — 10 Rounds)

       •   Abdullah Mason 135.2 lbs vs. Alex de Oliveira 135.8 lbs
    (Lightweight — 6 Rounds)

       •   Arslanbek Makhmudov 263.4 lbs vs. Raphael Akpejiori 255.5 lbs
    (Heavyweight — 10 Rounds )

    (ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT)

    •    Tiger Johnson 141.2 lbs  vs. Jonathan Montrel 140.6 lbs 
     (Junior Welterweight — 8 Rounds)

    •  Dante Benjamin Jr. 173.3 lbs  vs. Mirady Zola 173.9 lbs 
     (Light Heavyweight — 6 Rounds)

    •  DeAndre Ware 167.9 lbs vs. Decarlo Perez 167.5 lbs
     (Super Middleweight — 6 Rounds)

    •   Husam Al Mashhadi 151.2 lbs vs. Rance Ward 153.6 lbs 
     (Junior Middleweight — 6 Rounds)

    • Tyler McCreary 131 lbs vs. Deivi Julio 130.9 lbs 
     (Junior Lightweight — 6 Rounds)

    •   Jahi Tucker 151.8 lbs  vs. Nicklaus Flaz 151.3 lbs 
     (Junior Middleweight — 8 Rounds)


Jul 01 2023


10:00 PM - 11:50 PM

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  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Jul 01 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:50 PM


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