Eric Molina is one of only a few men to have shared the ring with both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and is confident on who will come out victorious if the two do finally meet in the ring.
Joshua and Wilder have been on a collision course ever since they both became world champions over six years ago. At one point the pair were in negotiations for an undisputed heavyweight clash, but now neither man holds any titles in boxing’s blue-ribbon division.
The two heavy hitters will top a stacked card in Saudi Arabia on December 23 – but not against each other. ‘AJ’ will take on Swedish southpaw, Otto Wallin, whilst ‘The Bronze Bomber’ faces New Zealander, Joseph Parker.
Molina was stopped by Wilder in the ninth round when they fought in 2015, whilst Joshua managed to get the job done quicker with a third round stoppage the following year.
Speaking to Behind The Gloves in a resurfaced clip, Molina is confident that Wilder will knock Joshua out ‘whenever he wants to’.
“I’ll be honest with you, I felt this after facing both of them, I think Deontay Wilder wins that fight. I think that until we see him face an opponent that we see he cannot hurt at any given second of any given round then you have to believe that he can do that.
I think that he does have that power and I think that he will do that to AJ. I think the styles fit more towards Deontay Wilder’s favour and I think that he can knock him out whenever he wants to. So my prediction would be Wilder within three to five rounds.”
If both men come through their respective bouts at the end of the year, it’s widely expected they will square off in 2024.