Joshua: Molina win would set up ‘massive 2017’

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes a victory over Eric Molina this weekend would set up 'massive 2017' for him.

Joshua and number one contender Molina came face to face for the final time ahead of Saturday's fight at the Manchester Arena during Friday's weigh-in.

The reigning champion tipped the scales the heavier of the two, weighing in at 250lb to Molina's 237.

After completing the formalities, Joshua admitted to the press that he hopes to face Wladimir Klitschko next April in a world title unification clash, should he triumph over Molina.

"Another knockout, blood, sweat and someone is going to be shedding tears," the unbeaten 27-year-old said when asked how he sees the fight play out.

"That's what people want to see. That's why people are coming out, because they like to hear the thud of the punches, the technique, and they want to see if this is the man to go on and rule the heavyweight division. 

"They are seeing if this man has the potential. I'll just reveal a bit of it to them, from there on get this W and then we move onto a massive 2017.

"This is a step in the journey, little by little we are trying to make a stamp on the legacy book. They're saying I'm favourite but I don't see it like that. I take him (Molina) as a real challenger.

"He has the jab, the right hand, left hook, right hook and upper cut. I've got to stay calm, not load up, and wait for him to fatigue and then unload.

"There are lots of big fighters out there but I am only focused on myself and one-by-one I will fight all of them and keep knocking down that tree."