Anthony Joshua has predicted tough battle in tomorrow’s heavyweight clash as the IBF champion shared a final face-off with Eric Molina ahead of Saturday’s fight at Manchester Arena.
Joshua told Sky Sports: “Another knockout, blood, sweat and someone is going to be shedding tears.
“That’s what people want to see. That’s why people are coming out, because they like to hear the thud of the punches, the technique, and they want to see if this is the man to go on and rule the heavyweight division”.
The Nigerian born said he will use the December 10 bout to reveal a tip of what he is planning to do in 2017
“They are seeing if this man has the potential. I’ll just reveal a bit of it to them, from there on get this w and then we move onto a massive 2017.”
Joshua weighed in just under a stone heavier at 17st 11lbs 1oz, while Molina tipped the scales at 16st 13lb 8oz, and the unbeaten 27-year-old insists he is not getting distracted by plans for a world title unification clash with Wladimir Klitschko next year.
Another step in the journey, little by little, we’re trying to make some history, stamp our name in the legacy books. Eric Molina is part of that journey, we don’t overlook anyone.
“People are coming out for this unexpected division, anything can happen. The odds are saying I’m a favourite, but I don’t see it like that. I’m staying focused, I’m treating Molina like a real threat.
“I can’t go in there overlooking Molina. I can’t listen to what everyone says. I’m not involved in the hype, so I’ve got to take Eric Molina as a real challenger.”
Klitschko and David Haye, another potential opponent, will be watching Joshua from ringside as part of the Sky Sports Box Office team.