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  • May 5, 2019
    MANCHESTER, England -- Anthony Joshua had just outclassed Eric Molina to retain the IBF world heavyweight title when the undefeated British boxer was finally given a proper fight.Wladimir Klitschko strode into the ring at Manchester Arena, shook hands with Joshua, and the announcement many boxing fans wanted was made.Joshua vs. Klitschko, Wembley Stadium in London, April 29.Maybe then, the boxing world will get to find out how good Joshua really is.Molina certainly wasnt in his league in Saturdays fight. The American was knocked down by a straight right from Joshua midway through third round, before the referee stepped in to end the fight as Joshua was reeling off a flurry of punches. There was just under a minute left in the round.Joshua was the aggressor throughout and it was always a matter of when he would unload on Molina to collect his 18th straight win since turning professional after winning an Olympic gold medal at the London Games in 2012.I was slow and patient and thats all I needed to do, Joshua said.The WBA had already sanctioned a fight between Joshua and Klitschko for the spring, but it was left to Joshuas manager, Eddie Hearn, to announce the date and location from the center of the ring. Molina was still getting treated by his corner.Do you want to see a big fight? Klitschko asked the crowd. Do you want to see a fight where two Olympic champions are involved? Do you want to see a fight AJ vs. WK?You got it.In a sign of the respect between the two fighters, who have been sparring partners in the past, Klitschko turned to Joshua and said: I love you, you are awesome.After nearly a decade of ruling the heavyweight division, Klitschko lost his IBF, WBO and WBA belts with a surprise defeat to Tyson Fury in November 2015. The Ukrainian boxer hasnt fought since, with a rematch against Fury postponed twice.Fury is taking time away from boxing to focus on treatment and recovery from drug use and other personal problems that forced him to relinquish his titles.When Klitschko gets in the ring with Joshua in front of what could be 90,000 fans at Englands national soccer stadium, it will end an 18-month wait to get a chance to restore his reputation. Hearn said it will be for the WBA, IBF and IBO belts, as well as perhaps the Ring Magazine belt.This guy wants his belt back, Joshua said, pointing to Klitschko. Let the best man win.The 34-year-old Molina has lost both his shots at a world title, having also been knocked out by WBC champion Deontay Wilder last year.Molina fought defensively, waiting for the one chance he talked about before the fight. But he never threatened Joshua, whose left jab rocked back the American in the first round. Joshua dominated the second round without finding the big shot, but it wasnt long in coming.A straight right from Joshua sent Molina to the canvas near his corner. Molina got to his feet but was being hit by a flurry of punches when the referee called a stop in another anticlimactic finish to a Joshua fight.Joshua hasnt been taken beyond seven rounds in a professional bout.We move on, said Joshua, who defended his IBF belt for the second time. This is not the end of the story. Discount Baseball Jerseys .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. 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But Rawle Alkins hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to put the Wildcats up by four.Tonny Trocha-Morelos missed a 3-pointer, and Davis missed the ensuing putback, allowing Simmons to grab the rebound and dribble out the clock.Arizona ended the first half with a 9-0 run led by Alkins five points to take a 41-28 lead and carried that momentumm into the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 22 points with a 17-8 spurt over the first 10 minutes of the second half.ddddddddddddTexas A&M didnt hit a field goal over the last 5:17 of the first half and shot 3 of 10 with eight turnovers to start the second half.BIG PICTUREArizona: The Wildcats have continued to play well since losing to No. 8 Gonzaga on Dec. 3. Arizona defended well, forcing 14 turnovers and converting them into 18 points. The Wildcats were aggressive and attacked the paint, scoring 32 points.Texas A&M: The Aggies are still looking for a marquee win after falling to 0-3 against the Pac-12 this season. 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