Rylan Charlton respects former kickboxer Florian Marku, but promises to beat him up

'Pint Size Powerhouse' targets another KO

Rylan Charlton has laughed off Florian Marku’s ‘body builder’ jibes and promised to ‘beat him up’ when they clash over ten rounds on the undercard of David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 20.


Fans in the UK can watch the event live on Sky Sports. Internationally, the live stream is available on DAZN, including the US, Australia and more than 200 countries and territories.

The undefeated Welterweights have been embroiled in a war of words on social media since their fight was confirmed in December, and Norwich’s ‘Pint Size Powerhouse’ (6-0-1, 3 KOs) insists he will secure the bragging rights by doing a job on the ‘Albanian King’.

Charlton made easy work of the previously undefeated Benwell prospect Joe Laws last time out in October, sending him crashing to the canvas three times on route to a brutal third round KO, and the recent Matchroom signing is predicting a similar outcome against Marku later this month.

“Joe Laws is a great fighter and he’ll be back,” said Charlton. “I took it on two weeks’ notice. I’d been ticking over, two or three days a week kind of thing, I wasn’t 100% fit from having a full camp. You’ve got to take risks otherwise you don’t go anywhere in life. We took the risk and it paid off. It was easier than I thought to be honest.

“Florian’s last performance wasn’t any good. He’s got to come to the table with everything this time. He’s got to perform in this fight. We’ll see the best Florian Marku against me, but it’s not going to be enough. He’s alright, I don’t rate him that much.

“He was a kickboxing World Champion, so I respect that. If you come into the boxing game calling everyone out, you’re going to come unstuck. I don’t think his boxing skill is up there at all really, I don’t rate it. He can call me what he wants. When I beat him up, it’s just going to look bad on him because he got beaten up by a body builder.

“I’ve got respect for everyone that gets in the ring, especially anyone that gets in the ring with me – I wouldn’t want to get in the ring with me! I’m there to do a job. We can get in the bubble and he can mouth off all he wants, but I’m there to do a job. By any means necessary, I’m there to win – knockout or points, whatever. It’s going to be a Charlton win.”

Marku vs. Charlton is part of a huge night of action. In the main event Russia’s European Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) makes his long-awaited Title defence against Josh Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs).

Also on Avanesyan vs Kelly undercard Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr (20-2, 13 KOs) takes on Gabriel Valenzuela (22-2-1, 13 KO’s) for the IBF Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Title. Amy Timlin (4-0-1) and Carly Skelly (3-0-1) rematch for the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title after their split draw on the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora undercard last October. Explosive Romford Heavyweight Johnny Fisher makes his highly anticipated professional debut.


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