British boxing hero Anthony Joshua defends his IBF and WBA heavyweight world titles tonight, with Carlos Takam the challenger and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium the venue.
This will be Joshua’s first fight since that barnstorming evening at Wembley in April when he stopped heavyweight great Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA belt to his collection.
Joshua was originally meant to fight Kubrat Pulev, but the Bulgarian pulled out with injury and France-based, Cameroon-born Takam got the call.
Although a late replacement, Takam had been on standby in case of injury. He is a seasoned veteran, tough and durable (he’s been stopped only once in his career), but surely the 36-year old would have made it by now if he was genuine world class.
Joshua is younger, heavier, taller and possesses the greater reach. All this points to victory for the champion, but when?
All depends on whether or for how long Takam can withstand the concussive power of Joshua. The champion had been training to take on a taller man and it may take a round of two to adjust, so we’ll take the 13/2 that William Hill offers that Joshua will win in three rounds.
Recommendation: Joshua to win in round three, 1 pt, at 13/2, William Hill
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