Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Betting Preview & Odds | 28th October
Alex Boardman (@A_Boardman) previews Saturday’s fight between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam.
Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Betting Preview | 28th October
Date: 28th October
Time: Main Event 10pm
Channel: Sky Box Office
Venue: Principality Stadium
‘This is the Anthony Joshua show’ proclaimed Eddie Hearn when questioned by IFL TV on the issue of the late opponent change earlier this week.
He isn’t wrong.
This should be as routine a victory as Joshua will ever have in his career, but Carlos Takam is a big hitter who will employ a more aggressive style than the man he replaced, Kubrat Pulev, so it should be fun for the brief time it lasts. Many fans won’t know Takam, but he has previously shared the ring with Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin (admittedly losing both,) so he isn’t new to the top level of HW boxing. The Cameroon born French man has hit the jackpot here, earning his biggest payday and a shot at the IBF title in the process, so he really has nothing to lose.
For those bemoaning the opponent change and the original fight against Pulev, they need to understand that Joshua and Hearn had no choice but to take this fight, as it is the mandatory match up set up by the IBF, and if Joshua rejected the bout, he would have been stripped of the belt. This fight will go along way in helping unify the division, as a win in this bout will set up a future showdown with either WBO champion Joseph Parker, or WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Due to the late change and the stature of Joshua’s opponent, there really is little value to be had in this fight and in reality, the rest of the card. The undercard does feature a host of household names, but again, the bouts have been littered with changes and pullouts. Callum Johnson had to pull out of the Frank Buglioni fight, which was probably the most competitive bout on the card, and Dave Allen vs. Lenroy Thomas is also off the bill (both fights were lost this week.) Dillian Whyte takes on Robert Helenius in the co-main, which should be a fun heavyweight fight, and elsewhere Katie Taylor is challenging for her first world title.
An accumulator of favourites including Joshua, Taylor, Whyte, Buglioni, Lawrence Okolie, & Joshua Buatsi pays out a massive 0.4/1, so staking money on this event is pretty pointless.
The ‘Anthony Joshua show’ will certainly be worth a watch, but is there much value in any of the fights here? Not really.
- Anthony Joshua 1/66
- Carlos Takam 12/1
- Dillian Whyte 1/7
- Robert Helenius 4/1