Joshua angers Molina with ‘novice’ prediction

Anthony Joshua has angered opponent Eric Molina by claiming he will make the world title challenger “look like a novice”.

IBF heavyweight champion Joshua takes on rank outsider Molina in Manchester this weekend, aiming to successfully defend his belt and move a step closer to a showdown against Wladimir Klitschko.

In their final pre-fight press conference, a confident Joshua delivered an unequivocal message.

“I’ll make Eric look like a novice,” said the British fighter.

However, that comment riled Molina, who immediately fired back and insisted that he will expose any mistakes made by Joshua.

"If you slip-up one second you'll be dancing and the world will be talking,” said the American.

Joshua is a firm favourite to record an 18th successive knock-out victory though and secure a world title unification clash against Klitschko.

He said: "It's not so much about who I'm fighting, it's about myself.

“I'm not worried about how Eric's camp has gone, because of course he has to train. He has to to train.

"Every fighter has to train, so I'm not really worried about what they are doing. I'm just glad he's healthy.

“God willing I go out there to do my job, Eric has trained to the best capability, and I've managed to crush him."