Joshua vs Molina undercard: Stacked!Written by Leroy Cleveland
Has promoter Eddie Hearn outdone himself this time?
Next weekend's IBF heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina will be stacked. So, if the main event is disappointing, the fight card itself may be full of fireworks.
American promoters take heed.
Joshua vs Molina
IBF heavyweight title
Date: Saturday December 10
Venue: Manchester Arena
(U.K.) Sky Sports Box Office
(U.K.) TV start time: 1730 GMT
(U.K.) Main event time: 2230 GMT (est)
(U.S.) Start time: 5:40 PM EST
It's rare to see fight cards this stacked anymore. Scott Quigg, Callum Smith, Luis Ortiz, Katie Taylor, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora and Conor Benn... Need we say more?
As it relates to undercard bouts on big fight cards, quality match-ups are great but fans are more interested in seeing hot fighters and names they recognize.
And it's even better when a card features both, familiar names and solid match-ups.
Joshua vs Molina undercard
Scott Quigg v Jose Cayetano
Minor featherweight title
At 31-1-2 (23 KO), Quigg looks to get back into his winning ways after his split decision loss to Carl Frampton in February. The hard-punching Quigg will certainly look to make a statement in effort to get another big fight.
Luis Concepcion v Kal Yafai
WBA super-flyweight title
Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora
British heavyweight title & WBC eliminator
Remember Dillian Whyte? A year ago, he became the first and only fighter, on the pro level, to find success against Anthony Joshua, ripping his fellow Brit with combinations before getting stopped in Round 7.
Is White among the elite in the heavyweight division? One thing is for certain, Mr. Chisora, one of the most exciting, tough-as-nails heavyweights over the last 10 years, will certainly test him.
Hosea Burton v Frank Buglioni
British light-heavyweight title
Callum Smith Luke Blackledge
British super-middleweight title
A proud member of the renowned Smith fighting family, Callum is a red-hot prospect from Liverpool, Merseyside, England who is being heralded as possibly the most promising of the talented Smith clan.
Will Smith be the fighter who derails Gennady Golovkin should the latter move up to 168lbs?
Callum possesses good punching power and the ability to box his opponents from mid to long range. How good is this fella?
Luis Ortiz v David Allen
Heavyweight, eight rounds
Many insist Luis Ortiz (26-0-0; 2NC, 22 KO) will be Joshua's next opponent - And some say, Ortiz (not Joshua) is the world's best heavyweight.
He's big, strong and mean. And most of all, the Cuban fighter dubbed 'King Kong' has some serious skills. Luiz Ortiz is the goods... How good remains to be seen.
Katie Taylor Viviane Obenauf
Women's featherweight, six rounds
Katie Taylor, a combination of beauty and boxing brilliance, is an Irish boxer best known for her extensive and successful amateur career. She captured Olympic gold in 2012 in the 60kg division as well as winning gold in the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.
Is she destined to be boxing's Ronda Rousey... or bigger?
Conor Benn v TBC
Who remembers former middleweight and super middleweight star Nigel Benn who provided excitement and intrigue during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Well, Conor is his son.
The younger Been is 5-0, 3KOs and is looking to follow in the footsteps og his legendary father. If he's anything like the 'Dark Destroyer,' he's a real warrior.
Marcus Morrison v Harry Matthews
The Joshua vs Molina undercard is seriously stacked. Start time is 1730 GMT in the U.K.