Joshua way too good for Molina, scores 3rd-round KO to officially announce Klitschko fight

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.

All Results:

Anthony Joshua TKO 3 Eric Molina
Dillian Whyte W 12 Dereck Chisora
Scott Quigg TKO 9 Jose Cayetano
Khalid Yafai W 12 Luis Concepcion
Frank Buglioni W TKO 12 Hosea Burton
Callum Smith KO 10 Luke Blackledge
Luis Ortiz W TKO 7 David Allen
Conor Benn W KO 1 Steven Backhouse