IBF Champion Anthony Joshua takes on Eric Molina December 10

IBF Champion Anthony Joshua takes on Eric Molina December 10

 

By Joseph Correa


Anthony Joshua is ready to take on Eric Molina in Manchester and hopes to set up a big bout with Wilder in 2017. Photo:Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Anthony Joshua is ready to take on Eric Molina in Manchester and hopes to set up a big bout with Wilder in 2017. Photo:Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will make his second title defense on December 10 against rugged heavyweight contender Eric Molina in Manchester, England. 

The announcement comes after the highly anticipated bout against Wladimir Klitschko fell through because of politics and a minor injury to the Ukrainian. 

Joshua has looked impressive stopping American heavyweights Charles Martin to capture the title and defending against Dominic Breazeale this past June. He has made easy work of his opponents as of late and on paper figures to dispatch of Molina in similar fashion. 

Molina, 34, took WBC champion Deontay Wilder into deep waters last June stretching the bout into the ninth round before being stopped and is coming off of a crushing KO win of Tomasz Adamek in Poland. He will be looking to taking that momentum into Manchester and shock the champion, Joshua.  

‘I am pleased that everything is now set for December 10 and I can concentrate on getting the business done in the ring,’ said Joshua. ‘There has been plenty of talk about who I may face but all I’m doing is concentrating on finishing Molina in style and putting on a great show.

’Every fight is dangerous in this division and this is no exception. I saw Molina have a great fight with Wilder and he is now coming off a strong KO win against Adamek in Poland.

’I’m expecting this to be the toughest fight of my career so far and I will be ready for an all-out war.’

Molina is confident of causing an upset in Manchester and said: ‘There is no heavyweight in the world that has bounced back like I have. That’s the man that Joshua faces on December 10 and that man is a very dangerous one.

’He’ll fight the toughest Molina that anybody has ever seen, just like Adamek fought the toughest Molina.

 

The undercard will feature rivals Dereck Chisora taking on Dillian Whyte who is coming off of three wins since his defeat at the hand of Joshua and will be defending his British title in the fight. 

The card will also feature the return of Scott Quigg who suffered a broken jaw in his last fight over rival and champion Carl Frampton. 

 

Feature Photo: Kevin Quigley

 

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