After seeing tonight’s latest one-sided contest involving IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) demolishing poor sap Eric Molina (25-4, 19 KOs) in 3 rounds, I’m curious to know how long is it going to be before his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport starts matching the 26-year-old 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Joshua against good fighters.
No, I don’t consider Wladimir Klitschko being a good fighter. Hearn is matching Joshua against Klitschko on April 29 in London, England, but that is not a good fighter. Wladimir WAS a good fighter years ago, but his loss to Tyson Fury proved that he’s no longer a good fighter. He’s now just an aging guy that is going to be the next knockout victim on Joshua’s resume.
Joshua knocked Molina out in the 3rd round tonight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Molina was never supposed to be someone that had the makings of a guy that would dethrone 6’6” big Josh. Molina was more of a keep busy opponent to make sure that the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight didn’t get ruined.
Wladimir and Joshua will be fighting at Wembley Stadium on April 29. With all the British boxing fans that will be purchasing it to see it live and on Sky Box Office PPV, they might wind up stomping mad if the fight is no more interesting to watch than tonight’s fight between Joshua and Molina. If the fans believe that Joshua is just so good that he’s making great fighters look bad, then they might give Hearn a break for him matching Joshua against 41-year-old Wladimir, and way over-matched cannon fodder challengers like Eric Molina and Dominic Breazeale.
If the fans think that Hearn is just feeding Joshua stew bums to make sure that he continues to pour in money to his Matchroom company, then they might stop purchasing his mismatches on Sky Box Office PPV and live. That’s why I hope that Hearn starts putting Joshua in competitive fights in the near future for his sake.
Here are the fighters that Joshua needs to start fighting:
1. Luis Ortiz
2. Deontay Wilder
3. Alexander Povetkin
4. Bermane Stiverne
5. Kubrat Pulev
6. David Haye
7. Dillian Whyte
8. Dereck Chisora
I didn’t include Wladimir because I no longer see him as a quality fighter. I also didn’t include Joseph Parker, because I think he deserved to lose his fight against Andy Ruiz Jr. tonight.