Championship Play-Off Final: Michael Owen’s View
This Saturday 28th October, unified British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defends his IBF and WBA titles in what looks to be a straightforward fight against IBF No. 3 ranked Carlos Takam. This fight was scheduled on 12 days notice, after Kubrat Pulev pulled out due to a ‘strained pectoral muscle’ leaving Joshua with less than 2 weeks to prepare for his replacement.
Joshua has a 100% record, winning all 19 of his fights by knockout. AJ has won 16 of his 19 professional fights in the first 3 rounds with only 1 fight going past the 7th round. This was in his most recent fight in April against former two-time world heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, ex-holder of the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles. Joshua is the short 1/50 favourite to win but the best bet looks to be Joshua to win in rounds 1-3 at 6/5 .
It seems like an overwhelming task for the new mandatory challenger to threaten the British superstar at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in front of an enormous home crowd. However, in an interview, the 36-year old Cameroonian-French boxer said “I’m not bothered about fighting in front of 80,000 people… I don’t see all those people when I’m in the ring”.
At the press conference earlier today, Joshua said “I’m looking forward to getting in the ring and getting down to business”
The first of the undercard fights is scheduled to take place at 7pm UK time with the Joshua v Takam main event starting at around 10pm.
Joshua to win in rounds 1-3 6/5
Total rounds – Under 2.5 11/5
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