Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina: Joshua will not let fame and fortune spoil him

Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina
Anthony Joshua is making the second defence of his IBF title against Eric Molina
Heavyweight world title fight: Joshua v Molina
Venue: Manchester Arena Date: Saturday, 10 December Time: Ringwalk at about 22:30 GMT
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app, with coverage of Whyte v Chisora and Taylor v Obenauf from 20:30 on Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

Anthony Joshua is adamant fame and fortune will not spoil him as he prepares to defend his IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina on Saturday.

Joshua, 27, will reportedly earn £2m for the second defence of the belt.

A proposed match against Wladimir Klitschko, pencilled in for next April, could earn the Briton as much as £15m.

"Fighters can lose their way after tasting a bit of success but it's not about money, it's about class," said Joshua, who is undefeated in 17 fights.

"It's about morals, how you conduct yourself. Glitz and glamour doesn't come into it. I don't live in luxury, I'm still at home with my mum."

Joshua often shares a gym in Sheffield with Great Britain's amateurs, with whom he shares trainer Rob McCracken.

And Joshua, who came through the same system before winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, says training with young, ambitious boxers keeps him grounded.

"These amateurs who train day in, day out and live the life are better than half the pros who are taking the glory," said Joshua, who stays in the same accommodation in Sheffield as when he was in the GB squad.

"It's good to be around that, they don't give me a chance to slack."

Joshua v Molina stats

Joshua expects to make Molina his 18th victim inside the distance, but is not complacent before the fight at the Manchester Arena.

"People like Molina are unpredictable," he said. "They seem nice but when they come in the ring they come with bad intentions.

"There is a lot of expectation on me, but it's also my expectation to win, win, win. We're singing from the same hymn sheet.

"At the moment it's going well, but there will be bumps along the way. I'd be silly not to think that, so I have to plan for things going wrong."

Molina, 34, lost his first fight as a pro in 2007 but has been beaten only twice in 27 bouts since.

In 2012 he was knocked out in the first round by Chris Arreola, before lasting nine rounds with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. In his most recent fight, in April, Molina caused an upset by beating Tomasz Adamek in Poland.

And the Texan believes he will shock British fans with a knockout victory, just as his mentor Oliver McCall did to Lennox Lewis in London in 1994.

"I have a lot of respect for Anthony Joshua, he's bringing a lot of excitement to the heavyweight division," said Molina.

"But we've yet to see him in a lot of situations. There's more to heavyweight boxing than just beating down the guy in front of you.

"There are other avenues. We're going to try to put him in some spots and surprise him.

"He thinks it's going to be an easy night, the whole world thinks it's going to be an easy night, so my most powerful weapon is the element of surprise."

Running order

Starts 17:30 GMT - times subject to late changes

4x3 mins welterweight contest

CONOR BENN (10st 7lbs 3oz) v STEVE BACKHOUSE (10st 3lbs 9oz)

Followed by 8x3 mins heavyweight contest

LUIZ ORTIZ (17st 3lbs 3oz) v DAVID ALLEN (18st 6lbs 9oz)

Followed by 12x3 mins British light-heavyweight championship


Followed by 12x3 mins British super-middleweight championship

CALLUM SMITH (11st 13lbs 7oz) v LUKE BLACKLEDGE (11st 12lbs 9oz)

Followed by 12x3 mins vacant WBA super-flyweight championship

LUIS CONCEPCION (8st 5lbs 7oz*) v KAL YAFAI (8st 2lbs 7oz)

*Concepcion failed the weight, scaled 8st 5lbs 4oz second time - title on the line for Yafai only

Followed by 12x3 mins vacant WBA international featherweight championship

SCOTT QUIGG (8st 13lbs 7oz) v JOSE CAYETANO (9st 1lbs 5oz*)

*Cayetano failed the weight, scaled 9st second time - title on the line for both fighters

Followed by 12x3 mins WBC world heavyweight title eliminator & WBC international championship.

DILLIAN WHYTE (17st 8lbs 5oz) v DERECK CHISORA (17st 12lbs 6oz)

Followed by 12x3 mins IBF world heavyweight championship

ANTHONY JOSHUA (17st 11lbs 1oz) v ERIC MOLINA (16st 13lbs 8oz)

Live float - not before 20:00 GMT

6x2 mins super-featherweight contest

KATIE TAYLOR (9st 6lbs 2oz) v VIVIANE OBENAUF (9st 5lbs 9oz)

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