Joshua TKOs Molina, Will Fight Klitschko
Anthony Joshua came through with a dominant performance, defeating Eric Molina via TKO in the third round to retain his IBF heavyweight championship.
The first two rounds were just about the same in nature — Molina played it very cautiously, landing little shots and mostly working defense. But Joshua landed heavy shots to both the head and body, getting through Molina’s defensive efforts.
One right punch in the third, however, and Molina became wobbly on his legs. Joshua noticed and pounced on the opportunity to end the fight there, sending Molina to the canvas, but Molina managed to get back up for an eight count. So, Joshua fired multiple heavy shots again, knocking Molina out on his feet and forcing the referee to end the bout there.
But the biggest piece of news came after the fight, when promoter Eddie Hearn brought Wladimir Klitschko into the ring and announced Joshua and Klitschko will fight in Wembley Stadium on April 29.
"Very respectful man outside the ring, very competitive in the ring," Joshua said regarding Klitschko. "Two warriors are coming together. Kltishcko wants his belts back. May the best man win."
When asked about why he will fight Joshua next, Klitschko gave respect back to the IBF champ.
"He is the best man in the division," Klitschko said. "And I believe that this excitement [for the fight] speaks for itself."