FIGHT UPDATE: Deontay Wilder defeated Eric Molina via KO round 9!
Location: Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA (Showtime / RPC Channel 4)
Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina
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Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) earned a share of the heavyweight crown when he pounded out a one-sided victory over Bermane Stiverne in January. Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) is on a five-fight winning streak, but he appears to be reaching well over his head because he has never come close to beating any of the top heavyweight contenders.
Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Molina (23-2) at Bartow Arena in Birmingham. SHOWTIME will televise the fight, with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. CT. A bout for the IBF junior lightweight title featuring Jose Pedraza vs. Andrey Kilmov precedes the Wilder fight. The Wilder-Molina fight likely won't start until after 9 p.m. CT.
The last boxing card of the weekend could end up finishing the quickest, with one of the most mis-matched world title matches in many years headlining an event in Alabama.
33-0 Deontay Wilder stopped the first 32 opponents of his career, before boxing smartly against Bermane Stiverne to claim the WBC heavyweight title in January on points.
As a reward for his greatest victory, Wilder has been given the opportunity to defend his title for the first time in front of his home fans in Birmingham against 23-2 Eric Molina.
There are bad opponents, and then there is Molina who was knocked out in the first round of his professional debut against Ashanti Jordan in 2007, and was also stopped within three minutes by Chris Arreola in February 2012.
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