BOXING:Joshua to face Klitschko after victory over Molina

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MARIAH OLATUNJI

 

The much anticipated bout between Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua  and Wladimir Klitschko  will finally happen   April  29  2017 at Wembley Stadium London

The Nigerian born, British fighter made this announcement after he brutally Knocked Eric Molina out in the third round at t 3b41e6b300000578-4021228-klitschko_led_a_cringe_worthy_call_and_response_with_the_audienc-a-155_1481417080927 he packed Manchester Arena on Saturday night/ Sunday morning.

As usual, Joshua, who was making the second defence of his IBF belt which was once belong to Wladimir, knocked the American down with a short right before the referee waved the fight off.

The 27-year-old now has 18 knockouts from 18 fights talked of his potential clash with the former heavyweight champion

“This is the step-up people have wanted,” said Joshua. “Klitschko wants his belts back and may the best man win

40 year old Klitschko remains hungry to regain the heavyweight belts WBA, IBF and WBO he lost in that huge upset by Tyson Fury.

“He is the best man in the di

JOSHUA VS ERIC MOLINA
JOSHUA VS ERIC MOLINA

vision and the excitement speaks for itself,” said the Ukraine fighter. “This is what the fans want and this fight must happen.”

The first round of the  main event featured little action, although Joshua did land with a good left hook on the bell.

With Molina content to spoil, Joshua found it difficult to get of 3b41de4b00000578-4021228-molina_falls_to_the_floor_after_a_huge_right_hander_from_joshua_-a-4_1481419289106

f his shots in the second but he finally found his range in the third, with a devastating outcome.

With Molina pinned in the corner, Joshua chopped him down with a short overhand right and it was a minor miracle that he managed to regain his feet.

But the American only lasted a few more seconds, referee Steve Gray calling a halt to proceedings as Joshua was raining blows upon the challenger.

 

“It was slow, patient and calcula

ERIC MOLINA
ERIC MOLINA

 

ting. You are dealing with someone who is not giving you many options, so I had to create them and I once I saw it I managed to connect properly and knocked him out,” said Joshua.

“He had maybe two shots, but he is not a Kiltschko, he is not a Haye, he is not all of these other fighters.

“That’s why I don’t get too hyped, that’s why I took him out like I should. I am going to keep on handling business like I should.

“The belt doesn’t represent me, it’s how you deal with peop 3b41df6f00000578-4021228-they_re_expected_fight_for_joshua_s_ibf_belt_and_the_wba_title_k-a-158_1481417080991 le, how you represent yourself as a champion. The belt is a sign of a champion but what makes a champion is the things I have just said.”

Molina recorded his 4th loss out of  29 bouts.

 

 


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