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Big time boxing at Manchester Arena during the Christmas period this year.
10th December is the day Manchester Arena finally welcomes Anthony Joshua to the big stage in a fight to defend his title of IBF heavyweight Champion, of which he has held since April 2016.
After the unfortunate cancellation of the showdown between the Watford fighter and Wladimir Klitschko, Manchester now awaits the arrival of the American veteran Eric Molina to take him on. Joshua describes the heavy-weight opponent as the next biggest threat to his title, after the realisation that Klitschko was no longer an option.
With very little planning, the last minute fight has finally been confirmed and both sides seem to be raring to go. Despite the fact that many believe Eric Molina is not a huge danger to Anthony Joshua and his crown, the British boxer remains respectful as he states there will be no trash talking ahead of his world heavyweight title defence.
Having never previously fought in Manchester, UK’s very own Anthony Joshua is sure to attract the crowds at Manchester Arena this Christmas time. Fans should be in for a treat with these well matched fighters going head to head. With a professional record of 25-3 Molina, the 34-year-old from Texas, is determined to put up a fight in a competition for glory as well as the title. The atmosphere will surely be electric.
The iconic Manchester Arena is the perfect setting for this long-anticipated fight.
Situated in the north of the city centre this 21,000 capacity venue is one of the busiest and largest in Europe hosting over 130 events a year. The venue itself is on the corner of Trinity Way, Hunts Bank and Great Ducie Street and is attached to Manchester Victoria Railway and Metrolink Tram Station. Known previously as the NYNEX, Manchester Evening News Arena and Phones 4 U Arena. Manchester Arena celebrated its 20th birthday in 2015.
Manchester Arena hosts a variety of music and sporting events such as ice hockey and boxing. All the iconic rock and pop artists of the era from The Rolling Stones to The Spice Girls have headlined to crowds of thousands. Likewise the venue is a must stop on the tour of all the top stand up comedians. Peter Kays record breaking Tour That Didn’t Tour Tour sold over 1.2million tickets.
Located in the heart of the city centre, Manchester Arena is easily accessible from Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport. Trains run regularly into Manchester City Centre. The Arena is 11 miles from the hotel by car taking approximately 25-35minutes. A taxi journey would cost in the region of £20-£25 and can be pre booked via reception.