Today beginning at 12:30 pm ET on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom, and picked up for the main event at 5:30 pm ET on Showtime, we’ll have live coverage of the big card in Manchester, where Anthony Joshua defends the IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina.
Joshua (17-0, 17 KO) will move on to a spring showdown with Wladimir Klitschko should he win as expected. Molina (25-3, 19 KO) is not expected to be a problem for Joshua, but he does have power, and has to be taken seriously because of that.
The undercard is stacked with names and title fights. Kal Yafai will have the chance to win the WBA super flyweight "world" title against Luis Concepcion, who missed weight for the scheduled title defense. Scott Quigg will take on Jose Cayetano in his comeback fight, and Luis Ortiz will meet David Allen in a stay-busy bout. Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora square off in a heavyweight clash. And two British titles are on the line, as super middleweight Callum Smith defends against Luke Blackledge, and light heavyweight Hosea Burton meets Frank Buglioni.
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ROUND BY ROUND
ANTHONY JOSHUA vs ERIC MOLINA
Round 1: Not much by way of fireworks, Molina doing nothing in the round other than trying his best to not get hit clean. Threw one punch of substance. Joshua with an easy round. Joshua 10-9
Round 2: this is like if Dredrick Tatum didn’t just punch the crap out of Homer Simpson. Easy round again for Joshua, though Molina did slightly more than in the first. Not a high bar to clear. Joshua 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Massive right hand lands halfway into the round and Molina is down. He's up at eight. That was a freight train shot. And he's stopped moments later. Joshua TKO-3