Sunday 18 August 2019

Joshua set for record Klitschko showdown

Anthony Joshua's heavyweight trail of destruction continued when he blew away IBF title challenger Eric Molina inside three rounds to set up a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on April 29.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping to persuade the authorities to stretch Wembley to its full 90,000 capacity - an attendance that would match the record set by light-heavyweights Len Harvey and Jock McAvoy at White City in 1939.

"The fight will hopefully be for the WBA, IBF and Ring Magazine belts," Hearn said.

Joshua, employing a high guard as he advanced on Molina, patiently waited for his opportunity to floor the Texan with a right hand.

Molina got up at the count of eight after being poleaxed in his corner but was finished by a flurry of heavy blows.

Dillian Whyte clinched a split-decision victory over Dereck Chisora in their heavyweight grudge match.

Whyte secured verdicts of 115-114 and 115-113 on two cards, while Chisora edged the third by a point after a close and explosive contest.

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