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Charles Martin has a heavyweight title – what now?

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Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

I wanted to see more of him, see if he could keep that command of the ring going, if he could and would impose a power edge and make off with that IBF heavyweight title belt.

Fate, and the shredding of Czar Glazkov’s knee, meant that “Prince” Charles Martin’s Jan. 16 stint at Barclays Center was abbreviated, so I will have to wait a spell longer to properly assess the skill set of the St. Louis native.

But today, while vacationing with family in Colorado, Martin is still on a high as he tells himself that he holds the IBF title. He is confident of his skill set, doesn’t need to prove it to a random fightwriter … but word is he is keen to give boxing fans a longer look at his chops.

So, when … where … who?

I checked in with his manager, Mike Borao, who impressed me so mightily with a beyond classy monologue of thanksgiving at the postfight presser at Barclays Center. Does he have some idea of what’s next for the 23-0-1 lefty?

“For his next fight, we want someone who will stand and trade and fight, and give fans a good show, so people can see fully what Charles is all about,” Borao told me.

Some names I threw out there for Martin’s next, which could come in April, that would make sense from a political and timing perspective, could include Dominic Breazeale, Carlos Takam, Chris Arreola and perhaps Artur Szpilka.

“Those are names that basically make sense,” said Borao, long associated with the beloved character extraordinaire, NYC promoter Cedric Kushner.

“We are going to give fans a great matchup, a real fight.”