Anthony Joshua set to fight Eric Molina in December

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Anthony Joshua looks set to defend his IBF Heavyweight Championship against Eric Molina on December 10, according to the Mirror.

Joshua had been preparing to fight heavyweight veteran Wladimir Klitschko, however, this fight will now possibly take place in spring 2017 after the Ukrainian suffered an injury in training. 

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn apparently drew-up a two-man shortlist to replace Klitschko, with Liverpudlian David Price also in the running to face the World Champion.

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However, Molina was selected ahead of Joshua's domestic rival, with former British World Champion David Haye describing a potential fight against Price as 'a no-win situation.' 

Kubrat Pulev and Joesph Parker were also supposedly in the running to face Joshua early in negotiations, however, Joshua's team ultimately opted for Eric Molina.

Molina will not have fought in over eight months by the time he fights Joshua in December, but is coming off the back of two dominant wins against Tomasz Adamek and Rodrika Ray.

The former WBC Latino Cruiserweight says he has begun intensifying his training over the past few weeks in anticipation of the fight and will hope he can stop Joshua's 17-fight-run.

The Mexican American has won 25 of his 28 fights, but was knocked out in the ninth round by World Champion Deontay Wilder in June 2015.

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Joshua will be confident of retaining the IBF Heavyweight title he took from Charles Martin in April this year and will look to make it 18 knockouts from 18 fights when he faces Molina in December.

Joshua's last fight was against American Dominic Breazeale in June this year, where he retained his world title for the first time.

The fight against Molina will take place on December 10 at the Manchester Arena, the first time Joshua has fought in the city since September 2014.

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