Anthony Joshua, the unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion who is on the short list to become a breakaway star in the pugilism sphere in 2017, needs a dance partner for his Dec 10 waltz.
The prospectives list was supposedly down to David Price, Bryant Jennings and Eric Molina, according to a RING/Mitch Abramson story, a Brit, a Philly fighter and a Texan.
I poked around to see if a front runner has emerged.
Molina responded, with contained exuberance: “The offer is there. I’m comfortable saying tomorrow (Thursday) this deal to fight Joshua should be done. No reason why it shouldn’tbe done by tomorrow.”
As for Jennings, his promoter, Gary Shaw, was asked if his man got the nod, for a clash that will screen on the platform belonging to the revved up and rah rah Showtime. Shaw said, “We will see, I messaged Eddie Hearn, promoter to Joshua.” He said he hadn’t heard from Hearn prior to his reaching out to the Brit dealmaker.
Now, it looks like he got an answer back. Molina (25-3; age 34), the Don King fighter who is a high school special ed instructor nine to five, quite likely gets a massive opportunity, a year and a half after he opened eyeballs with a solid showing against Deontay Wilder.
My take: This is the sternest test yet for Joshua (17-0) as a ready and raring Molina is more seasoned and sturdy than recent Joshua rivals.