Joshua to Fight Price or Molina in December
With the exciting matchup against Wladimir Klitschko on hold until next year, Anthony Joshua is still without an opponent for his upcoming title defense at the Manchester Arena. With the Dec. 10 date approaching, two names have emerged as frontrunners to be Joshua’s next partner in the ring.
Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) and David Price (21-3, 18 KOs) are the two potential opponents for Joshua, per Joshua’s promotor Eddie Hearn via ESPN.
According to Price’s trainer Dave Coldwell, his fighter has been considered for the big fight with Joshua but he acknowledges that Hearn may prefer to go with Molina.
“Molina is the guy we said we would fight on Joshua’s undercard on Dec. 10 so I think it’s a step back for them to fight Molina, he’s the easier opponent," Coldwell told ESPN. "I understand it’s not an ideal situation for a world title fight. We have less than seven weeks to go, you have no ‘name’ opponent for Joshua, and, apart from the hardcore fans, no one has heard of Molina in this country."
Molina was knocked out by Deontay Wilder last year in a WBC heavyweight title fight. In Molina’s last bout, he knocked out former light-heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek in April.
According to Coldwell, fellow Brit Price would be a more formidable opponent for Joshua. If Hearn selects Molina instead, Coldwell believes it will be because they are seeking out the easier fight.
"David is a former Olympic [bronze] medallist and they are two Britons," Coldwell said. "David is one of the hardest punchers in the division and if he fights AJ you are guaranteed someone will get knocked out.
"Joshua has been hurt before. There’s that element of danger and if the fight doesn’t happen that’s the reason why."