With Wladimir Klitschko out of commission until 2017, Anthony Joshua’s spent the last week or so looking for a dance partner for December 10th. Today, Matchroom Boxing officially announced that he’s found one in former title challenger Eric Molina.
The two will do battle in Manchester Arena.
Molina (25-3, 19 KO) gave Deontay Wilder a decent fight last year, but his most impressive accomplishment is his brutal knockout of Tomasz Adamek in April. He’s not Klitschko or Joseph Parker, but he can hit and will likely be a stiffer test than Dominic Breazeale, at the very least.
Joshua (17-0, 17 KO) throttled Breazeale this past June in his first IBF title defense. He’d won that belt two months prior with a two-round beating of Charles Martin and, before that, survived some adversity to knock out rival Dillian Whyte in seven.
Regardless of what you think of the main event, the card has a fairly strong supporting cast. Kal Yafai will face Luis Concepcion for the latter’s WBA super flyweight title, the aforementioned Whyte will settle his score with Dereck Chisora, and Hosea Burton will take on Frank Buglioni. Luis Ortiz and Scott Quigg are also set to appear against to-be-named opponents. the latter making his featherweight debut.
With this card, Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz, Terence Crawford vs. John Molina, and the Charlo-Williams/Cuellar-Mares doubleheader, December 10th is stacked to hell. Hope you guys have picture-in-picture.