Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Betting Preview

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Updated Sunday 29th October 2017, 12:09 AM

IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua will take on Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 28 October, in what will be his first fight since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in April. Joshua had been scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev, but the Bulgarian had to pull out after injuring his shoulder during training, leaving Takam to step into the breach less than two weeks before the event. Takam is said to be an easier opponent for Joshua, but the British heavyweight will have been preparing specifically for Pulev, so how do the bookmakers view their chances? 

How the Bookies See It

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Joshua
1/50
Takam
12/1
Draw
33/1
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Fight to Go the Distance?
No
1/10
Yes
11/2
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Total Rounds -/+ 5.5
Under
2/5
Over
7/4
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Form

  • Anthony Joshua has had 19 fights since he turned professional in 2013, and the former Olympic gold-medallist has won all 19 of those by KO or TKO. His most recent fight was in April of this year, when he successfully defended his IBF heavyweight title against the much more experienced Wladimir Klitschko. That victory gave Joshua the WBA title, which he will be defending for the first time at the Principality Stadium in less than two weeks. For those who like to be mindful of the stats, 28-year-old Joshua, who is the current world number one, has fought a total of 55 rounds from his 19 fights, giving him an average of 2.89 rounds per fight.  
  • Carlos Takam made his debut in 2005, and it is therefore no surprise that he has more professional experience than Joshua in terms of the number of bouts fought. The 36-year-old has had 39 fights, and has won 35 of those, 27 by KO or TKO. He has drawn once, and has been beaten on three occasions, once by KO. Takam is currently ranked 19th in the world, and has fought 184 rounds, giving him an average of 4.71 rounds per fight.

Sports.net’s View

This fight presents bettors with something of a surprise, but like both Joshua and Takam, we too have to roll with the punches and make the most of the opportunity ahead. Joshua has been training for months with Kubrat Pulev in mind, and whilst that means that he will need to change his approach to deal with his new opponent, Takam is widely viewed as a lesser threat, and should certainly pose no greater danger than the Bulgarian.

Takam will of course be keen to make his mark by springing an upset in Cardiff, but if Wladimir Klitschko couldn’t do it in April, we don’t think that Takam has got much chance of doing it just six months later. The bookmakers seem to agree with us on that point too, but unfortunately their odds make Joshua virtually unbackable for the outright win. We will therefore bet on the fight reaching its conclusion in under 5.5 rounds, and hope that Joshua once again does the business in his characteristically prompt manner.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Total Rounds -/+ 5.5
Under
2/5
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate in the lead-up to the fight.


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