Eric Molina: Too Much Jet Lag, Anthony Joshua Was Too Much

By Edward Chaykovsky

Heavyweight contender Eric Molina admits that IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18KOs) was too fast and too strong.

Molina was stopped by Joshua in three rounds last Saturday night at the Manchester Arena.

He was never in the fight from very start. Joshua had full control and finally dropped him hard in the third. Molina seemed like wasn't going to beat the count, but he did. It didn't take long before Joshua jumped on him with hard combinations to forced the referee's intervention.

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Molina said he didn't have a lot of time to prepare for the fight and the suffered from a lot of jet lag from traveling over to the UK. Molina had been inactive since an April tenth round knockout of Tomasz Adamek. Before he knocked Adamek out in the tenth, he was down on the cards, 88-83, with all three judges.

"We took on a strong champion as a late replacement," Molina exclusively told Sky Sports. "Joshua's speed and power were overwhelming. I definitely tested the limits and failed.

"It seemed like I couldn't snap out of jet lag the entire camp. Thirty nine days to prepare, with five of those spent in the air. I went for it, but that's boxing and it's never easy to win on the road. Joshua is a great champion."

Molina, 34-year-old, said the plan was to allow Joshua to do his work for the first three to four rounds - and then he would begin to let his hands go. He never got the chance as Joshua applied a lot of pressure and had little trouble landing his shots.

"Our plan was to weather the early three or four rounds and then open up," said Molina. "Not every plan works every time, obviously. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the opportunity to fight for the heavyweight crown."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Robbie Barrett on 12-16-2016

All the UK fighters that lost in America suffered from jet lag, fighting at like 5am UK time. :D

Comment by The Gambler1981 on 12-16-2016

Molina can fight a bit but dude is not even a good defensive boxer. Certainly no good boxing off the back foot. The safest route for him to survive three rounds was in close as could be inside the arc…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 12-16-2016

Molina is just trying to excuse his weak performance. Backing up from the off wasn't a good idea.

Comment by volt on 12-16-2016

5 days in the air? what the [email protected] is this guy on about?

Comment by b00g13man on 12-16-2016

:lol1: Jet lag :lol1:

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