Nigerian Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Eric Molina to Retain IBF Crown (Photos)
Joshua, who was making the second defence of his belt, knocked the American down with a short right before the referee waved the fight off.
The 27-year-old now has 18 knockouts from as many fights and will face former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on 29 April.
The Manchester Arena was a 21,000 sell-out and those in attendance also included former heavyweight world champions Shannon Briggs and David Haye, and WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew.
But the American only lasted a few more seconds, referee Steve Gray calling a halt to proceedings as Joshua was raining blows upon the challenger.
"It was slow, patient and calculating. You are dealing with someone who is not giving you many options, so I had to create them and, once I saw it, I managed to connect properly and knocked him out," said Joshua.
"He had maybe two shots, but he is not a Kiltschko, he is not a Haye, he is not all of these other fighters.
"That’s why I don’t get too hyped, that’s why I took him out like I should. I am going to keep on handling business like I should."
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