Anthony Joshua could be set to face Eric Molina or David Price

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Eric Molina and David Price are the leading contenders to challenge Anthony Joshua for his IBF Heavyweight Championship on December 10, according to the Mirror.

Joshua looked set to take on Wladimir Klitschko and talks were believed to be at an advanced stage. However, Klitschko was ruled out of the fight due to an injury, which his agent has since dismissed, saying it was postponed due to not getting the fight signed.

The Mirror report that Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, has begun the search for a replacement with Molina and Price being earmarked as potential opponents.


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Molina's professional boxing record stands at 25-3, with 19 of those victories coming by way of KO or TKO.

His most recent defeat came against WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder as he was knocked out in the ninth round. Losing to Wilder is no embarrassment, though, all 36 of his other opponents suffered the same fate, 35 were dispatched inside the distance.

Molina has fought just once outside of the United States but is one of the favourites to face Joshua at the Manchester Arena in December.

The other fighter potentially set to challenge Joshua is compatriot David Price. Price has won 21 of his 24 professional bouts, knocking out 18 of his opponents. He formerly held the English, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.

Price suffered a second-round knockout against Erkan Teper in July 2015, however, the fight was clouded by controversy after the German failed a drugs test.

They would challenge Joshua for his IBF Heavyweight title which he has held since April after knocking out American Charles Martin.

Both fighters have been knocked out three times in their professional careers, so Joshua would feel optimistic about extending his perfect record of 17 fights, 17 victories, and 17 knockouts.

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