Anthony Joshua set for a second title defence this coming December

The 27-year-old will defend his title in the Manchester Arena

World Champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn

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Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF world heavyweight title for the second time, on December 10th in the Manchester Arena.

The unbeaten 27-year-old will face Texas-born Eric Molina, the replacement challenger for Wladimir Klitschko, whose fight against Joshua has been diverted to next year due to injury.

Molina has been commenting about the proposed bout on Twitter, stating that the fight would be confirmed soon.

Throughout his career, Molina has accumulated 25 wins and just three defeats. More recently, Molina overcame former world champion Tomasz Adamek in April of this year and also contested Deontay Wilder for the WBC champion title last year. 

Speaking about the upcoming fight, Joshua spoke of his respect for Molina and said he is relieved that the details of the fight have been finally confirmed.

"I am pleased that everything is now set for December 10 and I can concentrate on getting the business done in the ring. There has been plenty of talk about who I may face but all I'm doing is concentrating on finishing Molina in style and putting on a great show. Every fight is dangerous in this division and this is no exception. I saw Molina have a great fight with Wilder and he is now coming off a strong KO win against Adamek in Poland."

"I'm expecting this to be the toughest fight of my career so far and I will be ready for an all-out war."