Deontay Wilder Warns: Molina Will Be a Challenge For Joshua

By Edward Chaykovsky

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17KOs) has received a very stern warning from rival beltholder, WBC champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36KOs).

Last June, Wilder defended his title before his hometown fans in Alabama against top rated Eric Molina. Wilder was rocked hard in the third round, but he was able to recover and eventually stopped Molina in the ninth round. Molina withstood several big knockdowns before the contest was stopped.

Now Joshua is scheduled to make the second defense of his title against Molina on December 10th in Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office.


Most boxing fans and the oddsmakers are predicting a one-sided knockout in favor of Joshua - who is already lined up to defend his title against former division ruler Wladimir Klitschko in the first quarter of next year.

Wilder has a different take on the match. He anticipates that Molina will give Joshua all he could handle that night. Molina is coming off an April knockout win over former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek

"Molina will be a challenge for him," Wilder told Sky Sports. "He'll come and try to fight, that's for sure, and that's what people don't understand. It's not about who he is, or what his record is. It's about what he is, and what he stands for, right now.

"People don't understand that when fighters have something to fight for, it's different. If it's just a regular fight - 'I may win or I may not' is the attitude that some of these fighters have. But when you get a fighter willing and determined to do something, then you put a title on the line, they know it's the opportunity of a lifetime. We all saw Molina fight me, and he put up a hell of a fight because it was for the belt, and he wanted to provide for his family. I think he's going to do the same."

"It says a lot about him, it says how determined he is to win. Once I became a champion I found it would become hard to keep guys on the canvas because of that determination. I am the man to beat. When you're a champion, every fight is a tough fight - I don't care what it is. These guys get tougher and tougher - no matter who they are, or what their record is. When people fight for titles it brings the best out of them. Molina is going to take as many as he can - but, keep in mind, the head is not meant to be hit in the first place! We don't know how many he's going to be able to take.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kavi521 on 11-04-2016

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;17167811]He's won 7 of 8 of his last fights and KO Adamek in his last fight. Y'all just go off of popularity around here. If the fighter isn't popular or a household name y'all call them bums.[/QUOTE] KO Adamek is…

Comment by Sun_Tzu on 11-03-2016

Short night for Joshua I think. Ill really be glad when the top guys start fighting each other. I dont give a shi[B]t[/B] how many fights Joshua has. He is holding a strap he needs to fight top tier opponents.…

Comment by Ray* on 11-03-2016

I keep forgetting that Joshua has only 17 fights under his belt, he needs more fights IMO.

Comment by ceylon mooney on 11-03-2016

yea, all the while workin full time as a teacher. thats a 60hr/week job. he might be a full time boxer now. [QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;17167811]He's won 7 of 8 of his last fights and KO Adamek in his last fight. Y'all just…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 11-03-2016

Bibical is more compact with his punches and let's his fury go with each punch! This is heavyweights so anyone can be stopped!

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