Saturday night sees the return of probably the UK’s favourite sportsman, Mr. Anthony Joshua. The 28 year-old boxer is charming, modest, cool and – not forgetting – the most devastating fighter the Heavyweight division has seen in a long, long time.
AJ is back, almost six months to day after his last fight, the unforgettable destruction of long-time Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klistschko. He fights Carlos Takam at the weekend on his journey to dominating the boxing game. Each fight now is a step closer to the big one, a showdown with Alabama’s Bronze Bomber himself, Deontay Wilder. If it happens, it’ll be the fight of 2018.
But let’s focus on Saturday evening’s fight for now, shall we? And that’s Joshua Vs. Takam…
What time is Anthony Joshua Vs. Carlos Takam?
No need to worry, the fight’s happening in Cardiff, so there’s none of that 5am nonsense here. There hasn’t been an official confirmation as to when the ring walks are due to be quite yet, but expect the fight to start at around 10pm. Anyone who’s familiar with just how punctual the sport of boxing is will know that that means about 10.35pm, then.
What channel is the Joshua fight on?
Anthony Joshua Vs. Carlos Takam will be screened live on Sky Sports Box Office (pay per view). So you can watch it at home if you have a Sky package and a spare £19.95. But for a better atmosphere, great drinks deals, buckets of delicious chicken wings and a few games of pool before the fight, get yourself down to your local Rileys for it. We’re showing the it and you can get your tickets right here.
Hang on, isn’t Joshua fighting Kubrat Pulev?!
Well, he was supposed to be, yeah. Pulev is the IBF’s mandatory challenger and that was who AJ was destined to meet. But the Bulgarian was forced to pull out of the scheduled fight after he suffered a rather nasty shoulder injury in training. It happened during sparring and his medical team soon wrote him off for the scrap. Takam is a bit of a last minute replacement.
Who is Carlos Takam, then?
Good question. We’ll be honest, we’d not heard much about him before he was announced as AJ’s next opponent. He fought – and lost to – Kiwi WBO champion Joseph Parker recently. But other than that, the Frenchman, who was born in Cameroon, has kept himself to himself. He’s not a showy fighter or extravagant guy. So there’s no real reason why he’d have made a huge name for himself quite yet.
Don’t get us wrong, though. By all accounts he’s no bum. He won’t be walking into a five second KO on Saturday night. But don’t expect the 36 year-old to rock Joshua too much, either. Takam’s only stoppage loss came in ten rounds against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow two years ago.
What belts are on the line?
Takam doesn’t hold any belts of his own, so it’s everything to gain and nothing to lose for him (unless you count teeth, obviously). Joshua, meanwhile, is putting his IBF, WBA and IBO belts on the line on Saturday night.
What have they been saying about each other?
There’s been no beef before the fight, as you can imagine. Joshua’s too classy for that at the best of times. And with Takam being a last-second swap, why would they hate each other? Comments have been pretty respectful, in fact. Which is just lovely, isn’t it…?
Joshua on Takam: “This guy is already as tough as they come. He’s so tough. He just keeps on walking forward and that’s disheartening for a fighter. He’s a credible opponent and we can’t take our eye off the prize. He is not going to come in and lie down in the first round. When I’m in there with him, it will be interesting to see how game and ready he is, and what fire he is ready to go through.”
Takam on Joshua: “I don’t know if I’m excited, stressed or confused but I’m definitely ready for the fight. It will be a proper fight. AJ is a good boxer who likes to box and I like opponents who like to come forward and throw punches. I like to get stuck in as well.”
Who’s on the undercard?
There are a few half-decent fights scheduled before the main event, including Lenroy Thomas Vs. Dave Allen for the Commonwealth heavyweight title and Frank Buglioni Vs. Callum Johnson duking it out for the British & Commonwealth light heavyweight titles. But perhaps the most eye-catching is cocky South Londoner Dillian Whyte taking on Robert ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius for the WBC Silver heavyweight title.
What are the odds for Anthony Joshua Vs. Carlos Takam?
It won’t be a huge surprise to hear that the fighter from Watford goes in as a firm favourite for this scrap. In fact, he’s best priced at 1/50. His opponent is around 12/1 to win (which is awful value). A first round win for AJ is around 11/2, with 12s Takam takes his the distance but loses on points. If you fancy a specific round for Joshua, we like the look of 7/1 on a fifth round takedown.
This bout will be shown at your home of live sport, Rileys. Joshua’s the most exciting boxer the heavyweight division has had in years, so you know it’s going to be a cracking watch…
Tickets start from £5 including a free selected drink. Book your ticket for Anthony’s Joshua’s next fight here now!