Molina: It’s the Joshua era

Anthony Joshua is the 'present and future' of heavyweight division and will continue a dominant era with victory over Wladimir Klitschko, says former opponent Eric Molina.

IBF champion Joshua successfully defended his title with a knockout victory over Molina in December to set up a huge Wembley fight with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29.

In a battle of youth against experience, Joshua puts his 18-fight unbeaten record on the line against Klitschko, who enjoyed a 10-year reign as world champion, and Molina believes 'AJ' might already have progressed past the veteran.

"He's a great champion and I personally do not see too many heavyweights beating him, he's very strong," Molina told Sky Sports.

"One thing that Joshua has shown is, he's getting bigger, better, faster, stronger, every fight.

"I don't want to disrespect Klitschko, but the torch is going to be passed that night. If it hasn't been already, I think it's going to officially get passed."

Molina, who hopes to fight again this summer, extended Deontay Wilder into the ninth round before suffering defeat, and insists the WBC champion could be the only remaining fighter to stand in the way of Joshua.

Molina said: "If he goes through Klitschko, which I believe that he can, there is only one fight left for him after that and that is the fight that everybody knows – the Wilder-Joshua fight.

"After that fight, I don't really see much else out there for him, maybe Tyson Fury, but yes definitely he is the present and the future."