Wilder hints at third round knockout against Molina

Deontay Wilder says predicting the outcome of his fights isn’t really his style but has warned viewers not to miss the third round against Eric Molina on Saturday.

The 29 year-old defends his WBC heavyweight title for the first time at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama and is a heavy favourite to make it 33 knockouts from 34 wins.

Molina, 33, has only stepped up to top class on one occasion in the past and was roundly battered by Chris Arreola in one round, although Wilder doesn’t think his night will end as easy when the meet head on in the ring.

“I don’t do predictions, but I’m telling people that the third round is going to exciting. That’s the round you don’t want to go anywhere. Get everything you need to get right there beside you and get ready. For some reason the third round is going to be exciting,” Wilder told Sky Sports on the eve of the fight.

A win for big-hitting Wilder sets the American up for a higher-profile bout with mandatory challenger and former world champion Alexander Povetkin in the fall, before ‘The Bronze Bomber’ then hopes to face the winner of Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury at some point in 2016.