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Summary

  1. Joshua becomes Britain's sixth world heavyweight champion
  2. Martin knocked down twice - fight stopped after 92 seconds of second round
  3. Use audio icon to listen to fight commentary on BBC Radio 5 live
  4. Nigel Benn's son Conor wins in first round on pro debut
  5. Selby knocked down, but recovers to retain IBF featherweight title on points
  6. Wins for Groves, McDonnell and Macklin on undercard

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Farewell...

Joshua is IBF world heavyweight champion

For now though I will leave you with this picture of Great Britain's world heavyweight champion.

Can you believe we now have two? The question is will AJ and Tyson Fury both go at it in the coming year? We will be here to guide you through it if they do.

For now, we will sign off. Thanks for your tweets and company, sleep well, get up and train like a champ...

Anthony Joshua
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I'm thrilled to have navigated you through those four minutes or so. If you're just tuning in then have a look through the feed, there were also wins for Jamie McDonnell and Lee Selby in world title bouts tonight.

Throw in George Groves and Conor Benn picking up wins and we've had some night...

It's a family affair ...

The IBF heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua celebrates win with his dad Jonathan.  

Anthony Joshua celebrates with his dad
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'He was the better man'

Martin reaction

Defeated Charles Martin speaks to Sky Sports: "He was the better man. I got hit by a right hand I didn't see and that cost the fight.

"I was OK but the referee came over at six, I got to the knee at seven, took a breath and when I stood up he was at 10.

"He's not difficult to fight. He's a great fighter, I want to say that, it was just that his right hand was fast, I didn't see the right. He's got good speed.

What would you do differently? "I'd take it right to him, don't give him any respect. 

"I'm not disappointed, he was just the better man but I'll get back in there, I'm not done. Just keep on grinding."

Started from the...

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Started from the debut now we here! So proud 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧👑👑👑 #AndTheNew

Started from the debut now we here! So proud 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧👑👑👑 #AndTheNew

'I'm so proud'

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Promoter Eddie Hearn speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I was so nervous when a man walked in with a crown on like a prince. 

"Joshua said 'this is taking ages'. I told him 'you've just got to concentrate'. And he said 'trust me, I've got this'.

"Anthony Joshua has just destroyed him and he'll destroy every other heavyweight in the world. 

"I'm so proud. We've got a man here who can change the sport."

What you've missed...

Anthony Joshua celebrates with team
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If you have just joined us or have just turned the BBC Sport app on while waiting for a drink at the bar, you've missed a little bit of history.

After a fine first round, Anthony Joshua came out for the second and scored two knock downs, leaving the dethroned IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin wanting.

Martin tried to use the full 10 count but got counted out. In truth, his race was run, Joshua was slick, classy and devastating. He seems to have it all.

Strike a pose

Anthony Joshua celebrates after win
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Everyone wants a photo with the champion now. He's posing for selfies galore and doing it all with a smile.

'I'm going to walk through Fury'

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Holding the belt, Anthony Joshua spoke to BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Costello ringside:

"I've got big respect but I want to do more," said the 26-year-old.

"Let's put that bad boy away with the Olympic medal and go get some more.

"I'm going to walk through Fury when he's ready. I mean business and I'm here to stay."

From the press room...

Eddie Hearn is planning Joshua's first defence for Wembley Stadium on July 9. Tyson Fury rematch with Wladimir Klitschko on the same night.

Tyson Fury's still not impressed...

Britain's undefeated WBO, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on Twitter: "So AJ gets a belt, looked slow ponderous, & still looked like a bodybuilder, let me slay the lamb."

The WBC heavyweight champion...

This is heavyweight boxing. There's no division like it period. The tables have turned again congrats to the new IBF champion #MartinJoshua

Rapid rise AJ...

A stat for you, Anthony Joshua's ascent to world heavyweight champion is the fifth-quickest by any heavyweight.

Promoter reaction...

Eddie Hearn
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Promoter Eddie Hearn, speaking to Sky Sports Box Office: "This is only the beginning for Anthony. He wants to win all of the world titles. Britain should be very proud of him. He's a role model who can transcend the sport and young people can look up to him. He'll go on to become a great of the sport. He's so humble - he's acting like he's just won a four-rounder."

Clear the belt/sock/pants drawer...

Team Joshua celebrate
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One for the mantelpiece at the Joshua household.

I hope someone has text his mum to let her know she needs to clear out his belt drawer.

Great to see @anthonyfjoshua is so keen to watch the highlights of Watford v Everton. Well played champ!

Well, can you believe what you've seen?

It took 16 fights to rise from novice pro to heavyweight king. What comes next?

Walking with dinosaurs

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Steve Bunce

BBC Sport boxing pundit speaking on Radio 5 live

"He's walking alongside those dangerous dinosaurs like Fury. He's in the top three or four heavyweights in the world."

Anthony Joshua reaction

Anthony Joshua
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More from Anthony Joshua, speaking to Sky Sports Box Office: "There'll probably be some negativity about how easy it is. But two days ago Charles Martin was a big, dangerous southpaw and he had the confidence to come over here and fight in the lion's den. All the hype is good for boxing, let's keep on pushing this sport. Keep on supporting us because it won't last forever."

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Anthony Joshua, speaking to Sky Sports Box Office: "It's only quarter of the way there. There's still a lot of work to be done. I've done two rounds, so I'll go to the changing rooms and work on the pads. I've got people like David Haye and Tyson Fury calling me out so I need to keep improving. Every fight gets better and better. I want to give value for money and I appreciate the ongoing support of the fans."

Anthony Joshua raises the belt above his head
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Anthony Joshua is world champion

Seconds after this photo, Anthony Joshua started smiling. Even he was stunned with how this played out.

Anthony Joshua beats Charles Martin
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Long to reign over us

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Steve Bunce

BBC Sport boxing pundit speaking on Radio 5 live

It was only 94 days ago that Charles Martin won the title. His reign is now the second shortest in world title history. There's no chance Anthony Joshua's reign will be anywhere near that short.

Anthony Joshua is world champion

How many more questions can Anthony Joshua answer?

He's told us he wants to unify the division and who can argue with him now? He conquered an unbeaten man, swatting him out of the way like some pesky fly.

He dealt with a southpaw stance like he was solving a two-piece jigsaw.

He dealt with nerves like a man born without emotion.

Any more for any more?

Looks good, doesn't it?

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Anthony Joshua is world champion

AJ wins by KO! New IBF champion! #Respect #MartinJoshua 👍🏾💥

Anthony Joshua is the new IBF Champion
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Andrew Priestley: 16 fights. 16 wins. 16 knockouts. Anthony Joshua is an animal. He will become a multiple world champion and remain one for years.

Bisa Amoo-Gottfried: Disappointing by Martin. Expected more, but when AJ hits you, you stay HIT.

Anthony Joshua is world champion

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Anthony Joshua is world champion

When the game is up, the game is up.

Prince MArtin is knocked down
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Anthony Joshua is world champion

Congratulations and Well done to #antonyjoshua your country is proud of you I am delighted for you remember this moment it is special

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Martin v Joshua

The end came one minute and 32 seconds into round two. 

Ironically, for an AJ fight, that's quite long.

Charles Martin raises the hand of his conqueror. For me, Martin is relieved.

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Martin v Joshua

Ladies and gents, the IBF world heavyweight champion. Good luck taking that title away from him.

Anthony Joshua is the new IBF champion
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Gareth Coates: WOW! What a performance from @anthonyfjoshua! Absolutely electrifying commentary on @5liveSport too.

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Anthony Joshua is world champion

Martin v Joshua

Martin v Joshua
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The replays are conclusive, Anthony Joshua showed slick footwork and balance to slip and throw in one movement, pure class. 

Charles Martin was angered by the official, he thought he'd beaten the count. Had he done so I'd have bet the bounty I didn't win on the Grand National today that he'd have been decked for a third time.

Anthony Joshua is world champion

Martin v Joshua

Great Britain: you have a new superstar. Anthony Joshua is up on the ropes with his arms aloft, he can't believe how easy this was.

Charles Martin got tagged heavy and his balance wasn't there, down he went, it was flush on the jaw. He took his breather, came back for more and walked onto an identical shot.

The count came, he didn't beat it and Anthony Joshua is the IBF heavyweight champion of the world.

Round two

Martin v Joshua

Charles Martin is DOWN, a right hand has floored him... this is going to be over...

Up he gets, he looks worried and so he should be, they engage, ANOTHER RIGHT... down again...

Round two

Martin v Joshua

One right hand landed crisply in particular in that opening round. One thing you have to say about Anthony Joshua is so far in his career he has been accurate to go with the power.

Out they come again. Charles Martin just pawing with the right hand jab. BANG, he gets a right hand to his face, through the guard. Those blue gloves of Anthony Joshua are flying nicely...

Calculated Joshua

Martin v Joshua

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

It was a very calculated first round from Joshua. He did well with his jab and went on to land more right hands.

Round One

Martin v Joshua

Charles Martin is a southpaw, he leads with his right hand, Joshua with his left so these men are trying to find foot space... A NICE RIGHT FROM JOSHUA. What a confidence builder. He goes again, right hand lands, superb stuff, where are the nerves?

Again their feet are close, that's what happens when orthodox meets southpaw. Left hook, right hand from AJ, both accurate as Martin nears the ropes. This round is going to the Olympic champion by some margin.

Martin v Joshua
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Round One

Martin v Joshua

Out they come. Anthony Joshua with the world's most chiseled back comes forward and throws a right hand but gets nothing. His white shorts glisten, Charles Martin is in gold trunks and he gets caught in the stomach by a downward right from the challenger...

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Micah Hall: AJ in 2. The best heavyweight we have produced since Lennox Lewis and, considering how good Haye is, that's a compliment.