Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina & Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora
BY KID HERSH
Pre main event to Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina is a perhaps even more highly anticipated fight than the main event between Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15KO's) and Dereck Chisora (26-6, 18KO's). Chisora looked very confident from the start. He was pressing his man heavily and putting in great body work. Whyte was landing good punches to Chisora's head but he was not deterring him at all just yet. In the third round Chisora shifted from the body work up to the head and was appearing to do damage up there, stiffening Whyte's legs at one point. In the fifth round Chisora had a huge one, with the pressure mounting on Whyte as he took a left hook that wobbled his legs midway through the round. Whyte is in amazing conditioning and took more punishment on the ropes only to come back by the end of the round. In the sixth round Whyte seemed to show a bit better conditioning as he pulled it out by the end of the round from his jabs and straight right hands. Chisora was looking to his corner for advice which is not a good sign at all. In the seventh round both big men were very exhausted but the action of the fight continued trading hands - which is why this is a rarity for nowadays; a heavyweight matchup that is even between two good fighters! In the eighth round we have another fight of the year candidate as Chisora and Whyte traded punches, putting their heart and soul into the fight with Chisora hurting Whyte in the final minute of the round after trapping him on the ropes and unloading right hand after right hand. The fight was an extremely brutal and exhausting one straight until the championship rounds. Whyte seemed just a bit better conditioned than Chisora as evidenced by him pressing Chisora backwards in the later rounds. Chisora would occasionally land a big bomb of a shot that would back Whyte off but he would be right back on him shortly thereafter. In the championship rounds it was more amazing heavyweight action and back and forth fighting in rounds that were tough to pick a winner in. All the way down to the wire it was a very close fight as Chisora went back to pressing the action and landing the cleaner shots in the twelfth and final round. The cards came in 115-114 Chisora, 115-113 Whyte, and 115-114 to Whyte to give him the SD victory.
Main event time featuring Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17KO's) defending his IBF title against Eric "Drummer Boy" Molina (25-3, 19KO's). The first round was very cautious by Joshua but he was balanced and fluid and picking his punches to outpoint Molina. Molina, on the other hand, was not throwing anything at all and covering up and backing into the ropes. Molina did not look like he came to win based on the first round. Molina continued covering up and Joshua opened up more in the third round and easily took out Molina, who looked like he did not come to fight to be totally honest. Molina was never, ever, looking to win the fight to my eyes and instead looked like a man that had the belief that he could never win the fight from the start of the very first round.