Anthony Joshua easily knocked around an overmatched and out of shape Eric Molina. Joshua (18-0 18 KOs) looked in tip top form which led to a TKO at the end of the third round. The stoppage win also meant that he gained his 18th straight in as many professional fights.
After the official announcement came from Michael Buffer, who made the trek all the way to Manchester on a busy night for boxing, Wladimir Klitschko (64-4 53 KOs) stepped in the ring. Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Joshua, announced that the two heavyweights would indeed meet for a unification match for Joshua’s IBF title and a now vacant WBA crown on April 29th in London at Wembley Stadium. This fight will be happily welcomed by boxing fans after a horrific and embarrassing 2016 filled with tune-ups and ducks.
Earlier in the night from New Zealand, Joseph Parker (22-0 18 KOs) scored a majority decision over Andy Ruiz to gain the WBO version of the heavyweight title. Parker now has the opportunity to potentially be in a unification fight with WBC heavyweight Deontay Wilder (37-0 36 KOs), or perhaps the winner of the Joshua – Klitschko tilt.
These four heavyweights, plus Luis Ortiz (27-0 23 KOs) who won on Joshua’s undercard, and Tyson Fury (25-0 18 KOs) who vacated 3 of those title’s earlier this year, make for an exciting division with plenty of possible fights. You can mix and match any of them and get a great response from fans. The fact that two of them are already in line to fight is great news. Let’s hope that two more of them (Parker, Wilder, Fury, Ortiz) will agree to fight each other so we can get on with seeing who the real heavyweight champion of the world is.