Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
6’5” American southpaw heavyweight Charles Martin did not have a good day when Anthony Joshua knocked him out and took his IBF World Heavyweight title in 2016. Martin has recorded two wins since then for a pro record of 25-1-1.
6’3” American heavyweight Travis Kauffman, 31-2, is coming off a majority 12 round decision loss to Amir Mansour for the USNBC Heavyweight title.
Both heavyweights, Martin and Kauffman, have exceptionally good records, but have just fallen just short of the mark in terms of reaching their full potential for achievement in the heavyweight division. Both are still good candidates for a world title bout, if they can win the right fights and get moved in the proper promotional corridors. Of course, they have to win the big fights which come next.
Martin and Kauffman would actually be a pretty good match up against each other. If not, the rest of the division will probably these two fighters fighting the best of the opposition in 2017. Reason being they are available, they are there, and both Martin and Kauffman are looking for and ready for the next big fight.
Also understood is Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, and Joseph Parker do not have an endless stream of opponents available to defend their paper world heavyweight titles against. That fact makes Martin and Kauffman more desirable as they are healthy and available. Both Martin and Kauffman need a big comeback win to get their careers back on the upward track in the year ahead. Both fighters remain underestimated in terms of ability, and both have the potential to score good wins if given the chance. What chances they will get in 2017 and 2018 remain to be seen. Both are still active, which is what counts most.