Anthony Joshua to fight Eric Molina for IBF world heavyweight title

Unbeaten British boxer seals bout with American after clash with Wladimir Klitschko falls through

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2016, 11:48pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 November, 2016, 11:48pm

British boxer Anthony Joshua will make the second defence of his IBF world heavyweight title in a fight against American challenger Eric Molina on December 10.

Joshua, unbeaten in 17 fights, was close to agreeing on a bout with Wladimir Klitschko but the deal fell through after the Ukrainian picked up an injury.

Joshua’s promoters announced the Molina fight on Tuesday. It will take place at the Manchester Arena in northern England, a rare fight outside London for the unbeaten British boxer.

It is the 34-year-old Molina’s second world title fight, after losing to compatriot Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt in June last year. Molina beat Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round of their fight for the IBF inter-continental belt in April.

Imperious Anthony Joshua retains his IBF world title strap with dominant defeat of Dominic Breazeale

Joshua, whose 17 straight professional wins have all come inside the distance, won the world title by knocking out Charles Martin in the second round at London’s O2 Arena in April. He successfully defended the IBF belt with a seventh-round win over Dominic Breazeale, also in London.