BRITISH boxer and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defend his title in Manchester against American Eric Molina on December 10.
After the withdrawal of fellow Brit Tyson Fury, Joshua was expected to agree a fight with Wladimir Klitschko but no fight materialised.
Joshua’s 34-year-old opponent had one previous attempt at a world heavyweight title in 2015 and lost to Deontae Wilder.
The Briton, 27, is currently unbeaten in 17 fights after defending his title with a seventh round knockout in London of Dominic Breazeale in June.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 1, 2016
Molina, despite being described as a ‘comedown’ from Klitschko for Joshua, is the Brit’s toughest opponent to date and will be a test.
Ukrainian Klitschko has suggested that he wants to fight Joshua in March or April 2017 but the key issue around any such fight is whether the WBA title belt won by 28-year-old Fury is on the line.
On the undercard, Jamaica-born Dillian Whyte will defend his British heavyweight title against Dereck Chisora in an official eliminator for the WBC title while Scott Quigg is also in action in what is set to be a stellar night of British boxing.
By Nathan Salt