Anthony Joshua’s new opponent for his Manchester Arena fight has now been confirmed. On 10 December, Joshua will face 34-year-old Mexican-American boxer Eric Molina. Joshua will fight to defend his IBF world heavyweight title.
Originally, Joshua was set to take on Wladimir Klitschko in the local Manchester bout. Klitschko unfortunately had to back out of the fight following a training injury. This left space for a new opponent to take his place.
Some have been left wondering why Joshua won’t be facing fellow Brit David Price in the December meet. Price shared his claim of flooring Joshua whilst sparring back in 2010 and Joshua has confirmed this. He has however defended his decision not to face him:
“I was looking at what is the best fight for my development, someone who has been in with better fighters and yes, Eric Molina is a better opponent for me”.
Molina is on good form, having lasted 9 rounds against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. He bravely took on Wilder, giving him a serious challenge and will be hoping to do more against Joshua.
Molina also comes into the fight on the back of a victory against two-weight world champion Tomasz Adamek. He is confident in the lead-up and has sent some words of warning Joshua’s way:
“I fought five rounds against Wilder with a busted ankle, so everything you saw from me was done on one ankle. That’s the kind of guy this young man is facing.
“He’s going to have the toughest fight of his career, I can guarantee that”.
Molina has vowed to give the fight everything he has, but 27-year-old Joshua is on strong form himself. Since the 2012 Olympics, he has won 17 out of 17 fights.
Tickets for the bout are on sale now and all the action will be live on Sky Box Office.