Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina: Weigh-In Live | Friday, June 12th
By Scott Gilfoid: Boxing fans can tune-in today to see unbeaten American WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) weigh-in for his fight against the always tough Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The Wilder-Molina weigh-in will start today at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. Wilder and Molina will be facing each other on Showtime Championship Boxing this Saturday, June 13th, starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
The fight promises to be an exciting affair from start to finish. One of these two knockout artists are going to get knocked out in this fight. We just don’t know which one. I have a feeling that the 6’7” Wilder will have his hand raised in victory, but you can’t know for sure when you’re dealing with a big puncher like Molina. This is a very smart guy that Wilder is facing, and he knows how to survive and win.
Wilder wants to get back to destroying his opponents like he’d been doing on a regular basis until his last opponent Bermane Stiverne was able to take Wilder’s best shots without dropping for the 10 count. Of the 33 guys that Wilder has faced, Stiverne is the only fighter who was able to go the distance with him. Wilder wants to start up another knockout streak and carry that streak years into the future. From here on out, it’s going to be tough for Wilder to get the knockouts because he’s going to be facing the best in the division such as Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev, Chris Arreola, Carlos Takam, Mike Perez, and Bryant Jennings.
“I’ve definitely got to knock him [Molina] out,” Wilder told Skysports.com. “I’ve shown people what I can do and I can do it all, but I’m definitely known for my knock-out. I don’t have the highest knock-out rate for nothing, and I’ve got to get back to it.”
There is definitely some pressure on Wilder to score a quick knockout in this fight because that’s what boxing fans expect from him. Further, Wilder’s taking a voluntary defense against a guy that was previously knockout in the 1st round by Arreola and Ashanti Jordan. To be fair, those knockouts came a long time ago before Molina had developed into the heavyweight he is today, so it’s kind of unfair for boxing fans to assume that just because Molina was knocked out years ago by a couple of guys it means that he’ll be destroyed in one round by Wilder too. Nah, I think Molina is a much different fighter now, and I expect him to give Wilder a run for his money on Saturday.
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