The Frenco-Cameroonian Carlos Takam will face on Saturday, October 28, 2017, the International Boxing Federation (Ibf) world champion, Anthony Joshua. The bout is scheduled at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff (Wales). 75,000 spectators are expected.
For this meeting, the bookmakers give the advantage of the British of Nigerian origin, because of his recent performances. Indeed, at 28, Anthony Joshua has already won everything. Olympic champion super heavyweights in 2012, he is world champion since April 2016.
Earlier this year, he won the biggest fight of his career by knocking out Vladimir Klitschko by TKO (technical Knockout), in the 11th round. The British won the WBA and IBO belts. With an overall record of 19 wins and as many knockouts.
The fight against Takam was decided at the last minute, after the injury of Kubrat Pulev. Carlos Takam was the No. 3 challenger in the Ibf rankings, but his staff agreed to schedule him, giving him only 12 days to prepare what is emerging as the biggest fight of his career.
That said, Carlos Takam is an experienced 36-year-old boxer with 34 wins. From the beginning of his professional career in 2005, the native of Douala remained undefeated during 18 fights, 12 of which were shortened by his strike force. However, he suffered a setback in 2009, then in October 2014, when he failed in his conquest of a major title against the Russian Alexander Povetkin. Carlos Takam lost for the last time in May 2016 against undefeated Australian Joseph Parker. Currently, he remains on two victories abroad.
This fight promises to be tough and the Nigerian has already expressed his fear. “The French is a big piece, it will be harder to knock out because he is incredibly resistant,” he told the English newspaper The Telegraph.