Joshua v Molina Betting Tips and Preview with the Latest Odds, Free Bets and Betting Offers, Saturday 10th December 2016

Saturday night could have been the biggest fight of Anthony Joshua’s career but he’ll be taking on Eric Molina instead. We’ve got betting tips, free bets and some cracking enhanced odds offers, so read on.

Joshua was set to take on Wladimir Klitschko, before the former champion picked up an injury. Instead of trying to set up a big British battle, the Watford born fighter is taking on a 34-year-old American, and he’s not expected to struggle.

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Betting Tips

You can get odds as short as 1/50 with BetVictor that the IBF heavyweight champion will retain his title this weekend. Given that he’s fighting a man who combined boxing with being a special needs teacher for years, it’s easy to see the Olympic gold medallist having far too much for Eric Molina.

Despite the pre-fight odds, there is an argument to be made for the Texan. Obviously it’s not for him to win, but for him to push Joshua like few fighters have before. The champion has been to the seventh round in two of his last three fights, those two are the furthest he’s ever been in a professional match.

Molina may have lost his debut fight, but he’s won 25 of 27 since then. That’s an impressive record, and he’s faced some solid fighters in that time. He fought Deontay Wilder for the WBC title in June last year. That fight went to nine rounds, so clearly the Texan can pose a problem for Joshua this weekend.

The champion comes into this bout with a 100% knockout record. He’s won by KO in all of his 17 bouts so far. However, Ladbrokes (Ladbrokes £50 free bet) have made him 1/10 to win via knock-out. There isn’t much value in backing the early stoppage. In 15 of those 17, Joshua has wrapped things up within four rounds.

An early victory for him is also odds on, Sky Bet make him 8/15 to wrap this one up within four. While that’s tempting on his current form, he’s been made to wait longer twice of late. That doesn’t seem like a coincidence, the champion is now facing a higher level of opponent. That’s something he has to do, as he builds towards a massive bout.

Joshua To Be Tested

The bookies clearly believe that Joshua will win here, and that he’ll take this by knockout. It’s hard to disagree with them, given his record. But we think it’s worth backing a longer night for the champion once again. This is a huge night for the Texan challenger, he’s not likely to come here half baked. His fight with Wilder showed that he’s able to push champions in this division late into a bout.

That makes a later victory look likely, and it’s fantastically priced. Betfred price Joshua at 11/2 to take the win in the back half of this contest. However, it’s hard to see this lasting through to the 10th round or later. That makes a Joshua win between rounds seven and nine look excellently priced. It’s 7/1 with Sky Bet, and that seems to be the best value bet on this weekend’s big bout. That’s our tip ahead of Joshua’s latest title defence. What’s more, Sky Bet offer a £10 no deposit free bet, so you can’t lose!