As soon as formidable world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua announces his opponent, attention immediately turns to the UK bookmakers to see what chance they give his next victim.
Step forward former world title challenger Eric Molina, the American ‘Drummer Boy’ who stands in the way of a massive unification between Joshua and old guard Wladimir Klitschko in the spring of 2017.
Molina is quoted as 14/1 against, per the boxing betting odds with 888sport, to pull off a massive shock this weekend – take the title back across the Atlantic and on to a possible clash with Klitschko himself in Germany next year.
Joshua is a highly unbackable 1/50 to retain his IBF belt, meaning thousands of pounds/dollars would have to be put on the line for any win-hungry punter to see a worthy return for his investment.
Seventeen wins, seventeen stoppages, and not a round eight in sight, mean Joshua remains in the invincible phase with British oddsmakers, until a further time comes when vulnerability creeps in.
‘AJ’ did see a decrease in odds against Charles Martin once Dillian Whyte had shook him to the core last December, although order has since been restored thanks to a crushing win over the brief world champion followed by his compatriot Dominic Breazeale over the summer.
Dominance in the top division, and in such devastating fashion, is only matched by WBC title holder Deontay Wilder, although Joshua has a long way to go to reach the 32-0 exploits of the ‘Bronze Bomber’
Bermane Stiverne’s stubbornness meant Wilder went past the four round mark for the first time in his career back in January 2015, which was then followed up four stoppages over the eighth.
It shows the calibre of opponent is increasing for Wilder, whilst one of those foes was Molina himself, which should be a good gauge of where Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, is at compared with his divisional rival.