News | Dec 09 2016

Why Anthony Joshua is gunning for Wladimir Klitschko, not David Haye

Speaking exclusively to John Dennen, Anthony Joshua discusses the Eric Molina fight and where it could lead
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ANTHONY JOSHUA calmly carried out his media duties on Thurday, two days before he fights America’s Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena for the second defence of his IBF heavyweight title.

Molina is the last the barrier between Joshua and some major heavyweight showdowns. “I need to win. It’s a good thing because obviously it means I’m not overlooking him because, as you said, it’s the final hurdle to big fights some people have been waiting to see. But you know every fight is a big fight because every fight could be the end. So I make sure I’m not complacent,” he told Boxing News. “It’s nearly there now, not long to go, what can I say? I’m not focusing on that though. I’ve got to focus on Molina.”

David Haye has demanded his right for a shot at Anthony Joshua, complaining that the IBF champion hasn’t been mentioning his name for a reason, to avoid him. It’s worth noting though that for as long as Joshua has been a professional boxer, David hasn’t been a world titlist. It’s natural that Anthony has been taking aim at Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko. “He hasn’t been a champion, he hasn’t boxed, he’s been injured,” Joshua points out.