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Wilder defending title against Molina on June 13

Deontay Wilder

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

Heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) will be putting up his unbeaten record and WBC title when he takes on Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) in the Showtime Championship Boxing mani event on June 13 from the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

In the co-feature, Jose Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) will be taking on Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs) in a 12-rounder for the vacant IBF junior lightweight title.

Wilder is making the first defense of his title, having earned it by outpointing Bermane Stiverne in January, becoming the first American to win a heavyweight title since 2006.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to defend my heavyweight championship in my home state,’’ Wilder said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.

“It was one of my dreams to win a world title. This was my other dream to be able to defend it before all my fans in Alabama. I can’t wait until fight night to step into the ring and see the whole state coming out to support me.”

His challenger Molina added, “I remember just a few months ago watching Deontay get ready for the biggest fight of his life. I thought to myself, ‘someday, that’ll be me.’ I stared with envy not knowing that a few months later I’d get my turn.

“Winning the heavyweight world championship is my dream. Just as it was Deontay’s dream, it’s mine now. He had his turn, though it will be short-lived. I will become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. Guaranteed. So, champ, come prepared for war. I’m coming to kick some ass.”

Tickets starting $25 are on sale now via alabamatitlefight.com and Showtime will produce an All Access episode chronicling Wilder’s title run that will air on June 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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