Anthony Joshua is set to fight Eric Molina on December 10 in the second defence of his IBF world heavyweight title.
Joshua will face the sternest test of his young career against American former title challenger Molina, who comes in full of confidence, with the power to cause the Brit plenty of problems.
Molina caused Deontay Wilder all sorts of issues in their WBC world title fight last year and even rocked the champion before being stopped himself.
And the 34-year-old Texan has since beaten former world cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek by knockout, a much better win than anything on Joshua's record as of yet.
However, it has emerged that Joshua considered fighting long-time foe Dillian Whyte instead, as per Sky Sports.
Despite settling on Molina as his opponent, the champion has revealed that a rematch with Whyte was on the cards at one stage. The only thing blocking it was the fact that the latter is scheduled to fight on the same bill against Dereck Chisora.
Joshua had been looking for an opponent after his proposed fight with Wladimir Klitschko failed to materialise, and said that he would certainly be looking to face Whyte again at some stage in the future.
Joshua looking ahead
When asked if a second bout would happen the 27-year-old said:
"One hundred and ten percent.
"The fact I managed to knock him out doesn't make him a bad fighter and doesn't mean he can't take a punch. It means I turned out to be the better fighter on the night.
"He's gone on, rebuilt himself and is gaining valuable experience against the likes of Ian Lewison, David Allen and Dereck Chisora.
"As long as he stays on course and I stay on course I'm sure this fight will happen. I even mentioned about fighting him on December 10 but he was scheduled in to fight Chisora. But no problem, we'll get it on again."
Whyte's bout with Chisora is rapidly turning in to a sour grudge match and Joshua was happy to add fuel to the fire, also telling Sky Sports:
"You put two aggressive lions in a room, someone is going to come out defeated, and someone will come out a winner.
"They're building this up, building this up. They are definitely going to steal a lot of the limelight but this is what the public wants, what the fans want. They want the entertainment, they want the Conor McGregor style build-up.
"If they can provide it, then take all the limelight, man! Because I'm here to stay, I'm not here for a short time."
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