IBF heavyweight ruler Anthony Joshua proved way, way, way too strong, powerful and effective for challenger Eric Molina tonight in Manchester. AJ improved to 18-0(18) with a seemingly easy 3rd-round stoppage win over a negative/intimidated Molina. Joshua’s powerful right hand decked Molina and the follow-up barrage brought about the end.
Time was 2:02. Molina falls to 25-4(19).
Molina, who gave WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder a real fight last summer, offered little against the bigger, younger and faster Joshua. The fight, expected by some to be a test for the champ who was making his second title defence, was anything but. The big story was the official (but wholly expected) announcement of the Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight, which will go ahead on April 29 at Wembley.
Former champ Klitschko was at ringside to watch Joshua’s handy-work and he later climbed into the ring for a face-off with the man who is 13 years his junior. Will we see a good fight in April, with Joshua finally being tested hard? We can only hope so.
Anthony Joshua TKO 3 Eric Molina
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