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Exclusive: Molina tells Joshua, Price, Szpilka he’s ready to fight

Phil Jay 12/07/2016

Sumio Yamada

World heavyweight title challenger Eric Molina says he’ll be ready for a big fight outside of the United States soon after recovering from a hand injury suffered before his standout victory over Tomasz Adamek.

The 34 year-old took Adamek out in tenth round of their April clash in Poland and Molina is now looking for another high-profile opponent in Europe. Anthony Joshua, David

Anthony Joshua, David Price and another Pole, Artur Szpilka have all been lined to Molina in recent weeks and the Texan has informed WBN of his availability in the coming months.

“The David Price fight is being thrown around and personally, I love the fight,” Molina exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I am 100 percent healed now from a thumb injury I’ve been dealing with since January. This injury was the only reason the Joshua fight was turned down to Eddie Hearn earlier this year and I’m ready, ideally from October or November. Around that time would be a great time to make a big heavyweight fight and I’ve said this before, so I’ll say it again, I’m ready and willing to travel anywhere to make a big fight – preferably outside the US market.

“My dream is to fight in front of fans from England. I believe right now they are the most passionate fans in the world. I know they can appreciate the type of fight I would bring anybody in this division.

“So Artur Spzilka, Anthony Joshua or David Price, it doesn’t matter who but I know nobody will just run through me. I can hurt them all without a doubt in my mind.

“The smart fighters out there know I’m that fighter that has improved through the years. Some don’t realize it and will be badly mistaken when it’s too late for them.

“I am that fighter that can win on the road and the fighter that can hurt you at any moment. I am the fighter that can defy all odds. I am the fighter that bounces back stronger. It’s become an art form for me to do so. I can honestly say the best Eric Molina has yet to be seen,” he added.

Right now, Molina is probably behind Bermane Stiverne and Joseph Parker in the pecking order for Joshua, although a fight with David Price could be made for the undercard of the next massive ‘AJ’ bill.

Price is planning to put some more rounds in the bank before stepping up in opposition and Molina was named as a possibility when trainer Dave Coldwell spoke to WBN’s Matt Horan recently.

“We want an 8 or 10 rounder next and then a win that’s going to give him a good opportunity. Someone just like Molina who has been in with champions or I would even put him in with Breazeale after his next fight – these are the guys we want to face,” said Coldwell.