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Filip Hrgovic-Eric Molina completes Ruiz-Joshua II main card

Molina returned from a two-year suspension in February

Filip Hrgovic v Gregory Corbin Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

In addition to confirming the previously announced Alexander Povetkin-Michael Hunter and Scott Quigg-Jono Carroll fights, Sky Sports today announced that former Olympic bronze medalist and current top heavyweight prospect Filip Hrgovic will face Eric Molina as part of the December 7th Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua II card.

Hrgovic (9-0, 7 KO) has thus far done to his professional opponents what the Polish language does to vowels, knocking out four of his last five. His best win is still his 2018 stoppage of Amir Mansour, since which he’s taken a decision over professional sandbag Kevin Johnson alongside knockouts of Gregory Corbin and Sam Peter-slayer Mario Heredia in the past six months.

Molina (27-5, 19 KO) has been in there with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, and though he’s suffered a knockout loss to every notable foe he’s faced, he at least only tends to lose to good fighters. He received a ridiculous two-year ban from UKAD following the Joshua defeat despite the organization admitting he “did not look to cheat,” from which he returned in February with a decision over Nick Guivas.

If Hrgovic can dispose of Molina in eye-catching fashion, it’s time for a ranked contender. He’s in the IBF, WBA, and WBC top 15s, so I can easily see him getting a title shot within the next 12 months if he and his handlers take the plunge.

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