Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Betting Preview | 28th October 2017
COMBAT expert Callum Wilson takes a look at the best bets available for Saturday night’s bout between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takem.
Every few months or so, the country is captivated by one boxing star.
Sure, there are a plethora of talents that have caught the eye, and the imagination of the British public. George Groves, Chris Eubank Jr, Carl Frampton, Kell Brook and Tony Bellew all keep us tiding over – but there’s only one individual considered as the main event.
Anthony Joshua, from humble beginnings in Watford, to a British household name in a sport that so desperately seeks one. After being gradually and circumspectly raised through the professional ranks, he’s the sole representative that is universally accepted as Britain’s most exciting fighter.
When chewing through his early match-ups, the 28-year-old was the proponent of a power of criticism. His opponents branded as mere shills, cardboard cut-outs for him to blast through.
AJ’s rise to the top of British boxing
But as Joshua’s meteoric rise to prominence blasted off, the level of competition grew gradually tougher. Dillan Whyte, Charles Martin and Eric Molina were dispatched of, whilst moderately testing his ability to sustain damage. Then, he was handed the boss battle.
Wladamir Klitschko in front of more than 80,000 capacity at Wembley for the WBA unification title. Despite being taken into extremely deep waters, Joshua stunned Klitschko and completed his rise to be heralded Britain’s most exciting boxer.
Opponent switch could potentially prove problematic
Joshua was all set for his first appearance back after his triumphant Wembley win. Kubrat Pulev was the next on the hit-list, although unfortunately sustaining injury would eradicate him from the picture. When the original fight was announced, promoter Eddie Hearn reached out to Takam’s camp, as a potential back-up.
Takam is a former world title challenger, an unorthodox stylistic match-up and a far cry from the problems Pulev possessed. The question is, how much has Joshua adjusted his camp after the change?
In my opinion – it’s not the most ideal news for AJ. Joshua is set to stroll into the Principality Stadium in Cardiff high on confidence, but confidence can soon turn to arrogance.
Joshua’s French opponent is coming off the back of two knock-out performances, and at 36, has a great degree of ring savviness. I expect massive favourite Joshua to dispose of Takam, but I think he does so creeping towards the later rounds.
Value to be found in the later rounds
By that, I simply mean there is no value whatsoever backing Joshua straight up. Adhering to my aforementioned thought process on Takam’s late replacement, I think the 36-year-old can hang in there for a while.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the agility and power punching of Joshua will by far be the deciding factor in this bout. But, I think he does so in the sixth and seventh round. After exhausting Takam with relative ease, I see Joshua putting on a display in front of the Welsh crowd.
We currently have Joshua evenly priced through the first six rounds at a variety between 4/1 and 5/1. Then, a sizable jump to 9/1 for the seventh round. This is what has caught my eye.
After toying with Takam in front of the Cardiff crowd, Joshua executes the Frenchman in the seventh after a valiant effort. But, I’ll back round six as well, as a safety precaution.