Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Anthony Joshua Crushes Molina, Faces Off With Klitschko

MANCHESTER: Anthony Joshua paved the way for a fight against Wladimir Klitschko next year by making quick work of Eric Molina in a third round win on Saturday. Photos by Matchroom Sport.

joshua-molina-fight (6)

The Briton successfully defended his IBF world heavyweight title for a second time with another brutal demonstration of his power punching to claim an 18th stoppage win from as many professional bouts at the Manchester Arena.

joshua-molina-fight (9)

Joshua forced the stoppage in two minutes, two seconds of the third round after first flooring American Molina with a right.

joshua-molina-fight (7)

Klitschko, the former world No 1 who lost three titles on points to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury last year, was ringside to check on Joshua and could not have failed to have been impressed. Klitschko – 41 in March – and Joshua are being lined up to meet on April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London, and the Ukrainian will be a big step up in class to Molina.

joshua-molina-fight (8)

Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, made a measured start and was content to take his time behind his jab in the first two rounds, before unleashing his power punches early in the third round.

joshua-molina-fight (1)

Molina, 34, looked comfortable for most of the first round, except for a ramrod jab that rocked him back on to his heels. Joshua, 27, boxed cautiously in the second round as well, catching Molina at close range with a left uppercut but he did give the challenger anything to be concerned about until the third round. Joshua unloaded with more venom in the third and then caught Molina flush with a right to the jaw in the American’s corner.

joshua-molina-fight (2)

Molina only just beat the count and when the action resumed Joshua landed a quick flurry of punches which was enough for referee Steve Gray to call the fight off. Molina lasted nine rounds with Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC version of the world title, before his fellow American knocked him out last year. But Joshua got the job done quicker and only two boxers have managed to take the north Londoner beyond three rounds.

joshua-molina-fight (10)

joshua-molina-fight (11)

joshua-molina-fight (12)

joshua-molina-fight (13)

joshua-molina-fight (14)

joshua-klitschko (3)_1

joshua-klitschko (5)_1

joshua-klitschko (1)_1

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-11-2016

See the torch being passed with this fight. Joshua is the future, props to Wladimir for taking a fight like this at 41.

Comment by Weltschmerz on 12-11-2016

We want this fight, don't we? Even the Vlad haters of the stiff robot. They can see him get knocked out then

Comment by j0zef on 12-11-2016

Can't wait for this fight. Big fan of both Wlad and Joshua, it will be interesting to see them fight.

Comment by cupocity303 on 12-11-2016

Christ. I know this guy is on roids but I don't care. He's got the frame of a prime Mike Tyson with a 6'6 height. This just might be a true "passing of the torch moment" as I don't see…

Comment by Ray* on 12-11-2016

Better to just throw Joshua in the deep end. Hope the Wlad fight happens and then the Wilder fight. Molina looks like he didn't want to be in there at all.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Lomachenko vs. Crolla Ordered To Purse Bid on February 4 Demetrius Andrade Outboxes, Stops Artur Akavov in Twelfth Oscar Rivas Knocks Out Bryant Jennings in Twelfth Round Pablo Cesar Cano Destroys Jorge Linares in One Round Shocker TJ Doheny Stops Ryohei Takahashi in Eleven Rounds Shakur Stevenson Blasts Out Jessie Cris Rosales in Four Chris Algieri Holds Off Late Rally, Outpoints Danny Gonzalez Photos: Badou Jack, Marcus Browne Nearly Erupt at Weigh-In Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Ready For War Amanda Serrano Blasts Voaberger, Becomes 7 Division Champ Overweight Tepora Replaced On PPV, Stripped of Interim WBA Title Top Rank on ESPN Early Results From Turning Stone Casino Photos: Maurice Hooker, Mikkel LesPierre - Go Face To Face Photos: Dmitry Bivol, Joe Smith - Go Face To Face in New York Pacquiao-Broner Weigh-In Results From MGM Grand Bivol-Smith 3/9 DAZN Show Heading To Turning Stone Resort Andrade vs. Akavov LIVE Results From Madison Square Garden Video: Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez - Trade Words, Face To Face Manny Pacquiao Guaranteed At Least $20 Million For Broner Bout Raja Amasheh: I Feel Like Amanda Serrano, WBO Stole My Title Akavov Sees Andrade Win As His Middleweight Lottery Ticket Jessie Vargas Wants Kell Brook Showdown on April 6 Crawford: I've Been Hit With Bigger Shots Since Gamboa Fight Photos: Thorslund vs. Graf, Ceylan vs. Sanchez - On Weight Andrade: Saunders Unprofessional, But If It Happens, It Happens Krael, McCarter, Hitchins, Cortes Win in Las Vegas: Bellows Loses News: Lerena vs. Mann, Nico Hernandez, Sam Bowen, More Malignaggi: Danny Garcia wins 'close, tricky fight' with Granados Hearn: I Don't Believe We've Yet Seen The Best of Andrade Bob Arum: Al Haymon is Doing a Disservice to His Welterweights Andrade: I'm The Best Talent Out There at 154, 160, Maybe 168 BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - January 18 UK News: Joyce-Tiffney, Archie Sharp, Danny Dignum, More Why Are So Many Boxing Fans Still Drawn To Adrien Broner? Kovalev Charged With Felony Assault, Allegedly Punched Woman Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Canelo-Jacobs, Pacquiao-Broner Video: Memo Heredia Talks Pacquiao-Broner, Spence-Garcia Video: Badou Jack Ready For Marcus Browne Clash Video: Broner's Trainer Gives Take on Pacquiao Fight Video: Dillian Whyte Discusses Being a Free Agent, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement