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Joshua vs Klitschko set for April 29 at Wembley Stadium

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

If Anthony Joshua does as expected on Saturday when he faces Eric Molina, he will defend his IBF heavyweight title on April 29, 2017, in a big-time fight against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko, according to ESPN.com.

The fight is set for Wembley Stadium, where Carl Froch once beat George Groves in front of 80,000.

Joshua (17-0, 17 KO) is a massive favorite on Saturday against Molina (25-3, 19 KO). Molina has received one world title shot in his career, against Deontay Wilder in June 2015. Wilder dominated and knocked Molina out in the ninth round.

Molina is coming off of a win over a faded version of Tomasz Adamek, knocking out the Polish veteran on April 2 in Krakow. He trailed big (88-83 on all three cards) before scoring the KO.

Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) hasn’t fought since his November 2015 loss to Tyson Fury. A mandatory rematch was in order for 2016, but never did happen, and Fury ultimately vacated the WBA and WBO titles that he had won in that fight. (Fury also won the IBF belt, which was stripped from him shortly after the fight.)

The WBA has decided to sanction Joshua-Klitschko for its vacant title, as well, if the fight does happen.

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