On December 10, the unbeaten Londoner Anthony Joshua will put his title on the line when he takes on Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena, a match up many people have already questioned, with Joshua being the suspected heavy favourite.
The marquee fight would no doubt have been between the 27-year-old and Wladimir Klitschko, but after a reported injury to the Ukrainian powerhouse, and with both camps failing to reach an agreement, Molina was apparently second choice.
The short film created by StubHub will aim to excite fans and punters alike, even though the upcoming bout is being regarded as a complete mismatch, with Molina being the rank outsider.
Joshua is seen sparring by himself in a council estate to stirring music as a voice-over of him naming his boxing legends fades in and out.
He continues to run throughout the estate, grunting and panting as he jogs past on-looking residents, showing the millionaire boxer is still in touch with where he came from.
“It was the first man to go down it wasn’t about technique.” He says, alluding to fights between Ali and Foreman.
“It was about pride. That’s what fight-night means to me, so if I ever had the chance to go back in time and watch some of my legends, my icons, I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”
You can see the short video below.
Even if a lot of fans aren’t expecting a Rumble in the Jungle, Joshua is certainly raring to go and fully expects a full house to spur him on in December.
“20,000 people in an arena, there’s a lot of energy. That atmosphere and feeling spurs me on to put on a performance. They are the memories you don’t want to miss.”
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