Feature | Dec 08 2016

Eric Molina: ‘Can Anthony Joshua take a punch?’

Eric Molina warns Anthony Joshua that he's hurt everyone he's fought, writes John Dennen
Eric Molina
Molina  |  Action Images/Ed Sykes

IN Manchester to challenge Anthony Joshua for the IBF heavyweight title, Eric Molina has warned that he should not be underestimated.

“I’m unpredictable – and any man in this division can be KO’d on any night. To become champion, that’s the ultimate goal, and I think I have what it takes to knock him out,” he said. “Joshua has great balance, he’s athletic, tall, uses his reach – but there are things about him we don’t know yet and he knows it, too. We know he can punch and has the attributes to become a legend, but that missing piece of the puzzle is the chin. Can he take a punch? He hasn’t taken anything up to this date. A good boxing puncher can KO you with a shot at any given moment.

“Dillian Whyte has given Joshua his toughest test so far, then probably [Dominic] Breazeale. He hasn’t been pushed. He hasn’t been taken to a place where he’s had to dig deep. There are some holes in his game that we feel we can execute and hurt him.

 

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