On October 28, heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) will fight late replacement Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) for the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles in Wales at the Principality Stadium. With the champion such a heavy favourite in the Joshua vs. Takam betting, is there value in the undercard? Read on for some insight into the betting odds.
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Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam betting
After the pullout of Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev, Cameroon-born French fighter Carlos Takam will face the daunting task of sharing a ring with Anthony Joshua. Takam is ranked No.3 in the IBF heavyweight rankings and has taken the fight on just 12 days’ notice.
The challenger has had the majority of his 39 professional bouts in France and enters the fight off the back of two knockout victories. Takam is tough, experienced and strong willed but exceedingly limited at this level when analysing both fighter’s strengths and weaknesses.
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The Frenchman has a few blemishes on his record, all of which have come somewhat below the level Joshua is currently operating at. Gregory Tony outpointed him in 2009, while long-time heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin knocked him out three years ago. Joseph Parker, the New Zealander who laboured to a points victory over British prospect Hughie Fury last month also outpointed him last year in a fairly uncompetitive fight.
A former Olympian, Takam should represent an easier task for the champion than Pulev style-wise, as anyone who stands square on right in front of Joshua (which Takam will) increases their chances of shipping heavy punishment.
Takam is tough, experienced and strong willed but exceedingly limited at this level when analysing both fighter’s strengths and weaknesses.
The challenger's best chance will be to keep his chin down, tuck up, box low and look to apply constant pressure – as Takam will find it extremely hard to consistently keep away from Joshua.
The 36-year-old might last longer than previous Joshua challengers and does represent the shortest fighter Joshua will have faced since stopping Denis Bakhtov – inside two rounds in 2014, but once Joshua finds his range and begins teeing off the fight should become a formality for the champion.
Takam has been knocked out before by Alexander Povetkin which shows he has vulnerabilities at world level despite possessing a solid chin. He brings decent punching power but, in spite of his muscular tank-like physique, he is a fighter that favours wearing opponents down rather than hunting a one-punch K.O.
80,000 fans will be packed into Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and they can fully expect the Joshua train to keep moving forward without too many difficulties.
Dillian Whyte vs. Robert Helenius betting
Former Anthony Joshua opponent and current heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte (1.192*) will fight Robert Helenius as part of the Joshua vs. Takam undercard.
"The Nordic Nightmare" Helenius (25-1, 16 KOs) burst onto the heavyweight scene in 2011 after knocking out former WBC title-holder Sam Peter in impressive fashion and should represent a solid challenge for Whyte.
Helenius (5.250*) is a big puncher and anyone who can punch in the heavyweight division is dangerous. However, he is limited in skillset and has at times looked almost amateurish in his style after being badly knocked out by fringe contender Johann Duhaupas in 2016.
The Finnish fighter will undoubtedly be looking to land his big right hand but Whyte at this stage of his career should be experienced enough to deal with any Helenius onslaught and win the bulk of the rounds.
Both fighters know that victory on Saturday will catapult them towards a clash with WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Whyte, at 29 years-old, will know his time to deliver is now.
Khalid Yafai vs. Sho Ishida betting
The last time Khalid Yafai (1.061*) boxed on an Anthony Joshua undercard, he was successful in winning his first world title.
The classy super-flyweight fighter produced a textbook performance to out-box and out-point the game and credible Luis Concepcion and has since defended the title against Japanese fighter Suguru Muranaka.
Sho Ishida (11.440*) will be fighting outside of Japan for the first time in his professional career but he can fight. The challenger (24-0, 13 KOs) stands 5’8” to Yafai’s 5’4” and will need to utilise his advantages in height and reach if he is to upset the Brit on home soil.
The last time Khalid Yafai boxed on an Anthony Joshua undercard, he was successful in winning his first world title.
With his height the former Japanese champion could present some style issues early on for Yafai – but the champion should know enough and begin to show his class as the fight wears on.
The likes of Carlos Cuadras, Juan Francisco Estrad and the phenomenal rising star Naoya Inoue all currently occupy spots above Yafai in the world rankings, so the Brit will certainly be looking to send a message to the elite of the 115-pound division but shouldn’t expect an easy night’s work.
Frank Buglioni vs. Craig Richards betting
Frank Buglioni was due to fight Callum Johnson for the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles in an intriguing battle that could well have been fight of the night.
But due to a Johnson withdrawal for personal reasons, Buglioni will now fight former Southern Area champion Craig Richards.
Richards, 27, has largely campaigned at super-middleweight but at short notice has stepped up to tackle the British champion. The south Londoner is unbeaten but will be facing a leap in class and weight when he tackles the ever-improving Buglioni.
Buglioni, although not successful, has mixed at world level when fighting Fedor Chudinov for the WBA World super middleweight title back in 2015 and is recently coming off a career-best win after a dramatic twelfth-round stoppage to claim the British title against the highly rated Hosea Burton last December.
The champion's main weakness is that he takes too many punches, possessing a suspect defence since turning professional. However, it will take a bigger, stronger fighter than Craig Richards to stop the London fighter's current momentum.
Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen betting
In yet another heavyweight fight, the Commonwealth title will be contested between Lenroy Thomas (21-4) and Dave Allen (12-3-1) in a rematch of their forgettable fight in May on the Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr undercard – which Thomas won by split decision.
Allen (1.502*) will be gunning for revenge and should be far more motivated this time around knowing the threat that Thomas (2.750*) represents. 'The White Rhino' has since stopped the lower-level Tom Dallas in three rounds and defeat would be unthinkable for the Doncaster fighter at this stage of his career.
A more motivated David Allen this time around suggests a rational reason for the edge to be in the challenger's favour.
Allen was made to go into the trenches last time by Thomas and looked unmotivated as he almost laboured through the 12 rounds, eventually losing on the judges’ cards.
The rematch will likely again be a close back-and-forth distance fight. But a more motivated David Allen this time around suggests a rational reason for the edge to be in the challenger's favour.
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