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September 06, 2018

CHARLES MARTIN: 'I'M OLDER AND WISER NOW AND I'M REALLY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMPION"

Press Release: Saturday's Showtime Championship Boxing telecast from Brooklyn, New York's Barclay Center features a heavyweight bout that pits unbeaten Polish slugger Adam Kownacki against former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin, both of whom participated in Wednesday's open workout. Here is what they had to say:
 
CHARLES MARTIN
 
"I'm here to work towards getting my belts back. I'm going to keep working and grind until I'm holding the gold. 
 
"I have the advantage everywhere over Kownacki. I'm just a better fighter but I'm also bigger and stronger. 
 
"We're just getting everything perfect right now. My team has done a great job getting me here and I feel great. Everything is leading up to fight night in Brooklyn.
 
"I feel strong and ready. I'm older and wiser now and I'm really taking into consideration what it takes to be a champion. I got a taste of it but next time I'm coming to stay.
 
"Kownacki is a good fighter. He's very tough. There are some things we've worked on in the gym and we feel prepared for whatever he brings on Saturday.
 
"When I'm at my best, nobody can beat me. There's no one in the world who can beat the best version of Charles Martin. I'm the only one that can beat me."

ADAM KOWNACKI
 
"I've had fantastic sparring and feel great. I've trained so hard for this fight. I feel like I've taken my game to the next level. 
 
"I love fighting at Barclays Center. It's a great atmosphere. This is a chance to be my breakout fight on Saturday night. I can't wait to get in the ring.
 
"I've grown a lot as a fighter. I've gotten better as my competition has gotten better. It's a steady rise and I'm happy with where I'm at.
 
"Martin used to be a world champion and that's what I eventually want to be. I'm 100 percent focused on him. I have to focus on doing everything to win this fight.
 
"My trainer Keith Trimble is one of the most underrated trainers in the sport. He's done a fantastic job teaching me fundamentals. It's been a tough road for us but this fight is going to bring us a step closer to our goal. 
 
"Martin is a big strong fighter who's a very good counter puncher. He kind of mixes different styles, but I'll be prepared for everything he can bring to the ring."



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