Anthony Joshua showed the crowd what he’s made of at Manchester Arena on Saturday 10 December. The Brit defeated his opponent Eric Molina in three calm and collected rounds of boxing.
The confident defeat at the local Manchester venue was Joshua’s second successful defence of his IBF heavyweight title. His victory also confirmed his next bout, against the mighty Vladimir Klitschko.
At the end of the Molina fight, Klitschko climbed into the ring. He announced the news that his rearranged showdown with Joshua is all set to take place on 29 April 2017.
The two were originally set to meet at the December event, but Klitschko had to postpone following a training injury. This left an opportunity for another fighter to take on Joshua and Molina stepped up to the plate.
Klitschko will fight to regain the heavyweight title that was once his, but Joshua isn’t ready to hand it over. After brushing Molina to one side in Manchester, Joshua is confident about his next battle at Wembley Stadium.
Joshua’s coach – Rob McCracken – is also confident of the 27-year-old sportsman’s chances of victory. McCracken believes that Joshua has the skill and the speed necessary to come out on top in April.
He said, “He knows his way around, he knows how to jab and grab and nullify big punchers. He’s beaten big punchers before, but I think Anthony’s more than a big puncher”.
The face-off will take place in front of a whopping 90,000 crowd, but Joshua insists he isn’t fazed by spectators. He said, “It doesn’t matter to me if it’s 90,000 people or nine people. They are the same rules and regulations and I’ll have the same attitude to win”.
A victory for Joshua will be a pivotal moment in his fighting career, making him one of the very best.