Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16
Molina vs. Joshua
Boxing: Saturday, December 10, 2016 (Manchester Arena)
The Line: Joshua -6000 / Molina +2725 --- Over/Under See the Latest Odds
Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena for the IBF World heavyweight title.
Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s eighth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Dominic Breazeale. Joshua will be defending his belt for the second time and could possibly be facing his stiffest test of his career. Either way, Joshua continues to steamroll his competition and has ended all 17 of his fights in the seventh round or earlier. Joshua has shown he’s one of the faces of the heavyweight division, as he throws a variety of punches and has devastating power that doesn’t take long to impact his opponent. There’s really not a weakness that Joshua has shown up to this point, which makes him one of the scarier boxers on the planet right now. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.
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Eric Molina enters this fight with a 25-3 record that includes 19 knockouts. Molina has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Tomasz Adamek. Molina is an experienced boxer with 120 rounds under his belt and has faced some of the top names the sport has to offer. Molina won’t be scared of the moment and has a decent right hand that gives him a puncher's chance of pulling off the upset. The obvious downside to Molina is that he’s been knocked out in all three of his losses and hasn’t fared well against his best competition. There’s also concerns with Molina’s stamina, as he’s often out of shape and wears down the longer the fight drags out. This will be Molina’s first fight in the United Kingdom and just his second fight outside of the United States.
Whether it was Deontay Wilder or Chris Arreola, Molina has shown he’s not in the same class as some of the top heavyweights in the world. His punching game isn’t on the same level and his stamina is a joke. Molina also has an unproven chin with three knockout losses. Joshua is arguably the best boxer Molina is going to face at this point in his career and will have the home crowd behind him as always.
Joshua will make light work of Molina and win his 18th straight fight by knockout.