Eric Molina says his camp have opened up talks with Anthony Joshua’s representatives, with the heavyweight confident of being chosen ahead of David Price to have his shot at the IBF title.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn drew up a two-man shortlist to face Joshua on December 10, after Wladimir Klitschko announced his withdrawal from the heavyweight blockbuster due to a calf injury on Monday night.
The Mexican American Molina is now expected to fill the void, with the possibility of Joshua facing a mouth-watering bout with Joseph Parker ruled out due to the length of time it took to negotiate a Klitschko deal.
‘Negotiations have started for Joshua vs Molina and I’m excited,’ Molina told World Boxing News.
‘Eddie Hearn has reached out to my handlers and they are now going over the logistics of a possible Joshua fight. These are just the beginning stages but I am hopeful we can announce a fight very soon.
Molina is fresh from two wins since losing to Deontay Wilder in June 2015, and he says he has been picking up his training in anticipation of a big fight for the past two weeks.
The former WBC Latino Cruiserweight will be confident of becoming the first man to dent Joshua’s record since the 2012 Olympic gold medallist entered the paid ranks one year on from his London success.
Joshua himself appears to be in relaxed mood ahead of the announcement of his next opponent, with the 26-year-old following up a recent surprise gym class live streamed to 60,000 people by enjoying a kick-about via his Instagram.