Anthony Joshua Vs Eric Molina – Preview and Prediction

Anthony Joshua makes the second defence of his IBF world heavyweight title against Mexican American Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena this weekend.

With a mouthwatering match up between Joshua and Wladimir Klitchko in the offing prior to this fight being announced, it has been met mostly with disappointment among boxing fans, the general consensus being the fight is not worthy of its pay per view status.

However if rumors are to be believed then we may soon see Joshua Vs Klitschko confirmed for Wembley stadium in April next year, providing Joshua gets past the challenge of Eric Molina this weekend.

Eric Molina holds a record of 25 wins (19 by knockout) with 3 defeats (all by knockout) he is probably a better opponent than he is actually being given credit for overall.

Molina has fought at a reasonable level and offered some resistance to WBC champion Deontay Wilder last year, rocking the champion before getting stopped in the 9th round himself. He is also coming in off the back of a good stoppage win against the experienced veteran Tomasz Adamek and is a much improved fighter since he get iced in a round by Chris Arreola back in 2012. His only other defeat was on his debut in 2007 where he got stopped in the first round

However if Joshua is to justify the hype around him as a potential future lineal heavyweight champion then he should blast past Molina with relative ease, Molina however has shown resilience and has the punching power to spring the upset if Joshua’s chin presents itself.

This might not be the blow out everyone is expecting, Molina is probably underrated and has heart and determination to win whilst Joshua has shown recently in his last 3 fights he can be taken rounds, Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale both making it past the half way mark to the 7th round.

It is a tough fight to bet, this is heavyweight boxing and if Joshua hurts Molina early he could finish things in the first one or two rounds but I think he is facing a capable and determined guy in Molina, its still very likely it ends in the first half of the contest but there is no value in betting Joshua to win early at all.

Joshua to win in rounds 1-6 is best priced at just 3/10, this leaves plenty of value for a Joshua stoppage win in rounds 7-12 at 11/2, for me that is the value play for this fight. It may be asking a bit much to see Molina get past the halfway point and he probably won’t, but at 11/2 I am happy to a chance on it.

PREDICTION: JOSHUA KO5

BETTING TIP: 1 pt on Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 7-12 11/2 William Hill 

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