Anthony Joshua confirmed to fight Eric Molina in second world title defense on December 10

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The boxing champion Anthony Joshua is scheduled to face the Mexican American professional boxer Eric Molina in the ring on 10th December at the Manchester Arena in the second world title defense.

Eric Molina has fought against Deontay Wilder in June 2015, competing for the world title but lost terribly. This time he has to take on Anthony Joshua, an unbeaten champion whose only goal is to defend his IBF title.

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This announcement put an end to all the curiosity of the audience who were anxious to find out who Joshua would fight next. In the previous announcements, it was speculated that Joshua might compete against the Ukrainian fighter Wladimir Klitschko but the bouts were scuppered when Klitschko suffered minor injuries and boxing politics didn’t favor the fight between these two fighters.

Joshua defeated Dillian Whyte in December 2015 but Whyte won all the three fights after that and thus will be defending his British title in a domestic heavyweight fight with Dereck Chisora on the undercard.

Joshua, the unbeaten champion, has some really interesting victories added to his tally during 2016. He won the IBF heavyweight title in April this year when he knocked out the American boxer Charles Martin to become victorious. His next victory was against Dominic Breazeale from whom he defended his belt by stopping the unbeaten champion in June 2016. This December, he’s expected to break another record in the ring against Molina. Molina has just been defeated three times in his career and has 19 stoppages in 25 wins. This 34-year old Texan has even stretched WBC champion Wilder to the ninth round before being stopped in June 2015.

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In one of the interviews, Joshua told the media that he is quite pleased about the fact that everything is set for 10th December and he can finally concentrate on how to be victorious in the ring. In fact, Joshua has been hitting the gym quite hard these days in order to practice for the upcoming competition. Joshua wants to defeat Molina in style and wants the audience to witness a great show. Indirectly, he has warned the audience that it’s going to be a dangerous fight by informing the media that he’s expecting this to be the biggest fight of his career and it’s going to be an all-out war situation.

On the other hand, Molina is quite enthusiastic about the upcoming fight as well. He told the media that Joshua is going to face a very dangerous man on December 10th and that he is well prepared to beat the unbeaten champion.  Just like he defeated Adamek with his quick skills, he’s not going to leave Joshua either. Molina considers himself as a very confident and strong mental fighter who remains unshaken by such challenges. He is determined to prepare himself both mentally and physically so that Joshua witnesses an opponent who is impossible to defeat.  

A statistical comparison of the two champions is as follows:

JOSHUA MOLINA
AGE 27 34
FIGHTS 17 28
WON 17 25
BY KNOCKOUT 17 19
DRAWN 0 0
LOST 0 3
ROUNDS 41 120
HEIGHT 6 ft 6 inch 6 ft 4 inch

On 10th December, another fight scheduled is between Scott Quigg vs. TBC. Scott Quigg will make his debut at featherweight and will enter the ring almost ten months after he was defeated by Carl Frampton in the world title in February 2016. He suffered a broken jaw during that fight and has been in recovery since.

The fight between Kal Yafai and Luis Conception is going to be another interesting competition that night where the 27-year old Yafai wants to become Birmingham’s first world champion but has Luis Conception as his opponent who has won the WBA Super-Flyweight title. It is definitely going to be a tough call for both the fighters.

Katie Taylor made her pro debut in November 2016 and is scheduled for her second professional fight on 10th December on the Manchester card. After heavyweight Luiz Ortiz’s clash with Malik Scott in Monte Carlo on 12th November, he is going to fight in Europe for the second time on December 10th. Also, Hosea Burton is scheduled in a fight against Frank Buglioni to defend his British Lightweight title.

Promoter Eddie Hearn’s views on the subject were, ‘The heavyweight division has been turned on its head in the last few months and while many are standing still waiting, I’m delighted to get this huge card up and running in Manchester.’ Eddie thinks that Molina is going to give Joshua a tough time in the ring because his punches and knockout are one of its kind as witnessed in the fight against Adamek in Poland. Joshua requires a lot of practice and full focus to win this fight.

The complete schedule for 10th December is as follows:

  • Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina
  • Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora
  • Scott Quigg vs TBC
  • Kal Yafai vs Luis Concepcion
  • Katie Taylor vs TBC
  • Luis Ortiz vs TBC
  • Hosea Burton vs Frank Buglioni
  • Callum Smith vs TBC 

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