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Deontay Wilder set for June 13 WBC title defense vs. Eric Molina

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Undefeated heavyweight beltholder Deontay Wilder will make the first defense of his WBC title against Eric Molina in the main event of a Showtime-televised card from the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala., the cable network announced on Thursday.

Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), a 6-foot-7 boxer-puncher from Tuscaloosa, Ala., captured the WBC heavyweight belt with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision over defending titleholder Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17. It was the first time the hard-hitting Wilder, 29, had fought more than four full rounds and the only time in his seven-year career that one of his fights went to the judges. By winning, the talented 6-foot-7 athlete became the first undefeated American to win a heavyweight title since Michael Moorer in 1994.

Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), a 6-foot-5 southpaw from Raymondville, Texas, has won five in a row, three straight by knockout, including an eighth-round TKO over Raphael Zumbano Love on the Wilder-Stiverne undercard. If triumphant, the aggressive-minded 32-year-old would become the first Mexican-American heavyweight world champion.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Bruno Event Team are on sale now. Tickets start at only $25 with the best seats in the house going for $200. VIP packages are also available. To purchase tickets fans should visit Tickets are selling fast and a sellout is anticipated, according to the press release.

“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.”