Anthony Joshua is set to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against Eric Molina on December 10 after learning that he couldn't fight Wladimir Klitschko due to the Ukrainian struggling with an injury.
The fight against Molina will be hotly contested, with the American bouncing back after his knockout defeat to Deontay Wilder last year, which went nine rounds.
Molina argues that if he stays in the mental battle, he's in with a good chance of beating Joshua: "He’ll fight the toughest Molina that anybody has ever seen, just like Adamek fought the toughest Molina.
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“I’m confident. These type of fights don’t shake me up, I’m a very strong mental fighter. I know exactly what I've got to do to prepare myself in the amount of time. I know exactly what I’ve got to do, mentally, physically, to go there and perform.
“When you walk out into the atmosphere, half the battle is the mental battle, and if you can stay in the moment mentally you have a shot in any fight.”
Despite this fighting talk, David Price, who missed out on fighting Joshua, has suggested that his team picked Molina because he's the "safer option".
Price claims to be the riskier option, offering more of a match for Joshua than Molina.
He argues that the fight against Molina was chosen because there's less of a chance of Joshua losing.
The Liverpudlian told ESPN: "They've taken the safer option without a doubt.
"I always thought that Joshua's team - not Joshua himself - think that Molina is a safer bet. It's less likely that something will go wrong.
"My selling point is the excitement I would bring. But Joshua's people began to realise there's a serious chance of him getting knocked out if he fought me."
These are big words from Price, but some may feel he's annoyed and jealous that Molina gets to fight Joshua for the IBF World Heavyweight title rather than himself.
Price then claims that not many champions would choose him as a voluntary defence: "There's not going to be many champions picking me out as a voluntary defence and I think it's boiled down to his trainer [Tony Sims], and I can't blame him. Molina was the safer option."
Price, too, like Molina, has come back strongly from a knockout defeat. After losing to Erkan Teper, who has since been banned for taking performance-enhancing drugs, Price has beaten both Vaclav Pejsar and Ivica Perkovic.
Perhaps one day we will see Joshua vs Price, which would be great, but for now, the bout on December 10 between Joshua and Molina promises to be an entertaining one.