Unbeaten boxer Anthony Joshua is set to fight American Eric Molina for the IBF World Heavyweight Title at the Manchester Arena on December 10 after Wladimir Klitschko pulled out through injury.
Joshua claimed the IBF belt after beating Charles Martin in April, and after originally being touted to fight the imposing Klitschko, he finds himself with a much easier task of defending his title against Molina.
The 27-year-old confirmed the fight with a tweet from his Twitter account, asking: “Manchester, are you ready?” leading many fans to comment on how much of a mismatch the contest will be.
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Joshua defended his IBF Heavyweight Title courtesy of a seven round knock out of Dominic Breazeale in London earlier this year, and even though his fans may not share his cautiousness, he is well aware of the damage his Texan opponent can cause.
He said: “I saw Molina have a great fight with Wilder and he is now coming off a strong knockout win against Tomasz Adamek in Poland.
"I’m expecting this to be the toughest fight of my career so far and will be ready for an all-out war.”
If Joshua, unbeaten in 17 fights, retains his IBF Heavyweight Title for the second time with a victory against Molina, he’ll surely have his eye on Klitschko next to prove he can take on the very best, as well as dealing with what’s put in front of him.
It looks like we won’t have to wait long as Klitschko has already stated he would like to fight Joshua in “March or April” after his manager Bernd Boente stated the fighter “ran out of time” to commit to a fight this year.
Molina, 34, lost his only shot at a world title last year against WBC Champion Deontay Wilder courtesy of a round nine knock-out, and will definitely be seen as the underdog going into the fight.