Former world heavyweight title challenger Eric Molina has informed WBN that he isn’t too downhearted at missing out on the chance of facing Anthony Joshua on June 25.
The Texan was thought to be one of two main contenders to face ‘AJ’ at the O2 Arena this summer but ultimately promoter Eddie Hearn went with Molina’s compatriot Dominic Breazeale for the London date in question.
Molina, 34, is now aiming to continue his good form since losing to Deontay Wilder in June 2015 and says an in-house bout with Don King stablemate Bermane Stiverne could be on the cards for him next.
“Anthony Joshua is the champ, and personally, I wish him and Eddie Hearn nothing but the best,” Molina told World Boxing News.
“I’m sure that if Joshua keeps winning he will be looking for another similar voluntary title defense and I feel like later on might be a better time for me anyways considering a couple hand and wrist injuries I am still healing from.
“The future is bright for the heavyweight division and I am thankful to be a part of it. I am looking forward to gaining more exciting fights around the world. I want the biggest fights and I will not duck anybody.
“I am sure something will come up soon and I’m really looking to whatever comes my way. I can see Don possibly putting me in with Bermane Stiverne next,” he added.
A standout stoppage win over Tomasz Adamek last April has placed Molina handily with all the major organisations and one more win could mean a second world title shot for the ‘Drummer Boy’ soon.
Stiverne seems like a logical option, and with the Canadian former WBC belt holder currently ranked number two with the World Boxing Council, a significant rankings boost would be on the cards for Molina should he emerge triumphant.