ANTHONY JOSHUA DEFENDS TITLE AS HE DISPATCHES MOLLINA IN ROUND 3
Wladimir Klitschko who could be next in line to face The IBF heavy weight Champion Anthony Joshua,joined a number of sports stars in attending Manchester Arena on Saturday night to watch the Nigerian born Boxer beat Eric Molina.
Klitschko, the former world heavyweight champion, will fight Joshua on April 29 and wanted to see his opponent in the flesh.
The 40-year-old was sat next to Barry Hearn, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua. Klitschko wasn’t the only high-profile boxer at the 21,000-capacity stadium.
No sooner had Anthony Joshua taken care of business with his customary, explosive efficiency than he and Wladimir Klitschko announced that the will meet each other in a more competitive battle at Wembley Stadium on April 29.
Klitschko promised that as he joined Joshua in the ring after Eric Molina had been battered out of the Manchester Arena. Joshua can expect him to be true to his word.
Kllitscho, at 41 by the time they fight, remains hungry to regain the heavyweight belts he lost in that huge upset by Tyson FURY
The crowds can count on him klitschko more than they could on Molina, who had planned for a one-hit knock but was blown away in next to no time.
Tyson Fury, who beat Klitschko last year to win the world heavyweight championship, was spotted with Liverpool fighter Tony Bellew.
Fury currently has no intention of getting in the ring but he hasn’t held back on social media about what he thinks of Joshua.
He recently questioned whether the 27-year-old, a ‘so-called killer’, should be getting in the ring with Molina, whom he called a ‘bum’.
Most watchers would agree with Fury as i was amongst those who didnt think Mollina is any where close to the type of fighter that can trouble Anthony Joshua. He lacked the physical conditioning amongst other things.
Chris Eubank Jnr was also spotted as Joshua defeated Molina in the third round. Away from the boxing world, a number of footballers turned up to watch the fight.
Manchester United’s Memphis Depay joined team-mate Luke Shaw and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge.
Depay, who isn’t expected to be in United’s matchday squad against Tottenham on Sunday, turned up with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
Troy Deeney showed his face in support of his friend Joshua. He was also in the mood for celebrating after being involved in Watford’s 3-2 victory over Everton.
Rotherham United’s Peter Odemwingie was also present after his side recorded a 1-0 over QPR in the Championship.
Boxing fans will be keen on watching the fight between Klitscko and Joshua in April 2017 as it presents the first real competitive bout he would face that will definitely test his ability
The time has come for Joshua to move on from a procession of fall guys and Klitschko will provide the perfect examination of his development. Progress which can hopefully enshrine him as the supreme fighter on the planet.
The start of Joshua v Molina was sedate by comparison with the holocaust which preceded. But AJ was in purposeful mood and set the pattern with a ramrod left jab of such power that it visibly shook the Mexican American challenger.
Molina appeared willing to live up to his promise to make a fight of it in the second but Joshua was quickly getting the measure of him. A smattering of heavy punches had Molina on the retreat.
Molina was left slumped on the floor, unable to cope with the power of the former Olympic champion in Manchester.
Molina had trained in the hope of landing the one big punch which would secure the knock out, which he admitted was his only hope of winning. It was already difficult to see where the knock out come from. Unless it was from Joshua.
Sure enough the pride of Britain dropped his challenger in the third with a huge right. It was only a few more seconds and a salvo of blows before referee Steve Gray intervened to award Joshua his 18th knock out in a perfect start to his professional career.
Britain’s world heavyweight champion was joined in the ring by the Ukrainian veteran at Manchester Arena on Saturday night after his third-round knock-out win over Eric Molina.