A professional boxer never needs more motivation to win a fight, but Anthony Joshua has already been given an extra incentive ahead of his Eric Molina bout.
Joshua will take on Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 for the WBA 'Super' title if he successfully defends his IBF Heavyweight Title against Molina in December.
The British boxer will attempt to defend his belt for the second time on December 10 at the Manchester Arena. Should he beat his American challenger, then the WBA will sanction a fight between Joshua and Klitschko for the 'Super' title.
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It was thought that the two would fight sometime this year after coming close to agreeing on terms, but negotiations stalled and Molina stepped in to offer Joshua a challenge, with the fight being officially confirmed yesterday.
Both Joshua and Klitschko are former Olympic Champions and giants of their weight class.
However, the Ukranian hasn't fought since November 2015, when he lost to Tyson Fury in Germany, and after his rematch with the Brit was cancelled on two separate occasions, he may suffer from ring rust once he does return.
With the British boxer fighting in December this year, he will perhaps be in far better shape for the bout which will be arranged for early next year.
Speaking about the WBA's announcement, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn revealed: "It's been an arduous wait to gain official approval but we were delighted to receive the news that the WBA will official sanction the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA super title.
Of course, there is no guarantee the IBF Champion will win against Molina next month, but Joshua has been made the clear favourite.
A fight against Klitschko will act as another huge incentive for the Brit, who has been wanting this fight for a long time.
Boxing fans alike will be hoping to see what would be one of the biggest fights of the year, and it's expected, if Joshua still holds the IBF belt, to go ahead in spring 2017.
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