Anthony Joshua reigns Eric Molina to set up Wladimir Klitschko showdown

Anthony Joshua cleared the way to a new year showdown with Wladimir Klitschko after completing American Eric Molina in the third largest round to retain his IBF heavyweight title in Manchester

Eric Drummer Boy Molina, a 34 -year-old Texan of quiet disposition and scant accomplishment, said before he stepped into the ring with Anthony Joshua here on Saturday night that he considered the WBC champion, Deontay Wilder who stopped him in nine rounds to be the best heavyweight in “the worlds”. As he sank towards the canvas here in round three, he was probably reassessing that judgment.

On a darknes that threatened to measure boxings capability to alter bad behaviour on the undercard, two gentleman heavyweights did their happening in the main event with all the quietude of a Sunday church service until Joshua exploded a poisonous right on Molinas chin in the third largest round. One more assault thrust the American to spin into his own angle and he was taking farther beating when the umpire called a gracious halt.

Molina more hesitant, even, than Charles Martin, the American from whom the Londoner ripped away the IBF title in April, and someway short in ability of another horizontal heavyweight from across the seas, Dominic Breazeale, who at the least lasted into the seventh round two months later.

Now Joshua has to step up. There will be no more soft touches , no more learning combats with a world-wide entitlement belt around his waist. The promoter Eddie Hearn, grabbed to microphone to tell the 21,000 devotees who had stood after midnight: Id like now to delivering Wladimir Klitschko to the ring, and Im officially announcing the fight against Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on 29 April.

Klitschko requested the audience: Do you want to see a big battle? Do you want to see two Olympic endorses in there? You got it. The receipt was rapturous.

There was heavyweight royalty everywhere in the members of this house: Klitschko and Tyson Fury one awaiting a last hurrah with Joshua, the other maybe already having proposal us adieu as well as the ever-loved Frank Bruno. David Haye was here for Sky, his loud irritant, Tony Bellew, about 10 yards away for the BBC; they deterred their distance. In America, Wilder manned the Showtime microphone.

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko appearance one another down in the ring after Joshuas victory. Picture: Peter Byrne/ PA

The champion, the owner of a perfect 18 -0 evidence, all of them by stoppage, read of his public spar with Molina: I simply had to be patient. It was a position of run safely ended at odds with the excitement that followed.

Katie Taylor, the decorated Irish amateur in her second professional contest, had the experienced Brazilian lightweight Viviane Obenauf blinking and blowing. She put Obenauf down during the second and won comfortably on details over six rounds.

British boxing is enjoying a long and flashing lope, with 12 nature champs of varying status. Khalid Yafai became the most recent and Birminghams first when he outclassed Luis Concepcion 120 -1 08, 119 -1 08, 117 -1 12 to send the 31 -year-old Panamanian home without the WBA super-fly belt he had surrendered on the scales on Friday. A nifty left hooking gave the exasperated visitor over in the 10 th for a speedy counting, and Yafai held nearly every exchange in the bout with crispy bars and exquisite movement.

Scott Quigg, a super-bantam endorse until he lost to Carl Frampton in this ring in February, showed the well being of moving up to featherweight, and stopped the difficult Jose Cayetono in the ninth round. The Mexican is another of those little being who have struggled to establish heavines, hitting the limit at the second attempt, hitherto Quigg gazed big and stronger, finishing his comeback with a well-weighted kill to the chin in a neutral corner. His own mouth, broken in the Frampton fight, seemed to hold up nicely.

Just about any of the score of right-hand bombards Hosea Burton territory on Frank Buglionis kuki-chin from the first round to the 12 th might have taken out his challenger for the British light-heavyweight claim. Instead, Buglioni, rebuilding his busines under the supervision of Chisoras former coach, Don Charles, robbed it up and, bleeding heavily from midway, thundered through the squall to ruin the Mancunians unbeaten register and leave him battered on the ropes for a last-gasp halt, with 64 seconds left.

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