So last night saw Anthony Joshua defend his IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina in his second defence since becoming champion.
The fight build up was civilised, the pair didn’t trade many insults like Chisora and Whyte. Some critics were saying that the biggest fight of the evening was going to be Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora. At the press conference some of Molina’s team started shouting comments at Joshua from backstage which everyone could here. But AJ remained calm and collected and did not fire back with any insults. He just said that he would make Molina “look like an amateur”.
The fight was another AJ demolition. The KO continued with Joshua knocking Molina down in round 3. He got back up and then was bombarded with heavy shots from Joshua till the ref stopped the fight. I think this fight was a bit of a mismatch as AJ needed someone to fill a gap for a defence before he could go on to fight Klitschko next year this meant that whoever he fought might not be near his standard. As shown with Eric Molina. Joshua dominated Molina throughout the 3 rounds and exploited weaknesses that Molina showed.
Then after the fight it got interesting. Eddie Hearn was asked “what is next for Joshua” and Hearn welcomed to the ring Klitschko and his promoter. They then went on to announce that Anthony Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko on April 29th at Wembley Stadium for the WBA ‘super’ title. Both fighters were very controlled an seemed excited that this fight is confirmed a date and venue have been set. More on the Joshua Klitschko situation in the next blog post.