In a jam packed night of action in Manchester on Saturday, Anthony Joshua barely broke a sweat in dismissing American opponent Eric Molina, with the IBF Champion forcing a TKO in just the third round. Having dominated the early exchanges, with the Brit the overwhelming favourite for the fight among the bookmakers, Joshua pushed Molina back against the ropes on a constant basis, rarely letting the American into the centre of the ring. A sharp left from Joshua pushed Molina back into the corner, and with the sell-out crowd spelling blood, a ferocious right sent Molina sprawling to the canvas. Despite briefly staggering to his feet, the referee soon stepped in to call and end to the contest.
Having easily retained his heavyweight title, Joshua will now begin preparations for his contest with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29. The Ukrainian was ringside in Manchester, and joined the victor in the ring in the aftermath of the bout. Despite the two fighters showing the upmost respect for each other at this stage, there are expected to be fireworks at Wembley Stadium next year, with bookmakers Betway already having installed Joshua as the favourite for victory.
Elsewhere, the fight of the night was undoubtedly between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, with the duo producing one of the heavyweight contests of the year. After 12 rounds of action it was too close to call, although it was Whyte who eventually got the narrow verdict. triumphing 115-113 and 115-114 on two of the cards, while Chisora was given a 115-114 edge by the other judge. Calls for a rematch have already come from supporters, with Betway offering Whyte as the narrow favourite should such a contest go ahead. Given all the pre-fight shenanigans, with Chisora receiving a fine and a suspended ban from boxing, fans will undoubtedly be looking forward to such a prospect.
Meanwhile, David Haye and Tony Bellow have already clashed ahead of their fight next year, with the former heavyweight champion of the world threatening to send his compatriot to hospital after their clash. The two fighters were ringside in Manchester, and despite Haye being the favourite with Betway for the clash in March, many are predicting another explosive contest, with no love-loss between the duo.