Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina only 20 days away on Showtime
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 24, 2015
By Scott Gilfoid: There are only 20 days to go before WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) makes his first defense of his WBC title against a very good contender in #11 WBC Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) on June 13th on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. This match-up is expected to be only the beginning of what should be some very interesting fights involving the 6’7” Deontay against the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, David Price and Anthony Joshua in the future. But first, Deontay must get the 6’4” Molina out of the way before he can move on to the bigger and better fights in the future.
Molina has a refreshing attitude towards the fight game in that he believes in bringing major heat from the first minute of his fights. He’s one of those throwback fighters who isn’t afraid to go out on his shield if need be. Molina’s punching power is almost second to none. He’s a very hard puncher.
What he lacks in the chin department and with his skills, he more than makes up with his power. Molina can really crack, and if he were to land his big power shots for any length of time against any of the top heavyweights, I could see them folding. But he needs more help with setting up his power shots, and he needs help in his defensive side of his game.
Wilder is going to need to bring it on June 13th to make sure he gets Molina out of there quickly, because this guy is way too dangerous for him to be letting him stay in the fight for more than three or four rounds. Unlike Wilder’s last opponent Bermane Stiverne, Molina has the height and the reach to get to Deontay with his power shots, even when he’s on the outside.
Deontay must be smart in his approach to attacking Molina. If he tries to come in the front door with a big right hand power shot, he may get clipped on the way in by one of Molina’s huge shots. With the way Molina can punch, it would be difficult for Wilder – or any heavyweight – to survive the round after getting nailed hard by him.
Molina’s only defeat thus far was a 1st round knockout to Chris Arreola several years ago. But before the knockout loss, Molina had badly hurt Arreola with a big right hand to the head that almost knocked him out. If Molina had been able to make it past the first couple of rounds, I believe he would have knocked Arreola out quickly.
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