Next Saturday night, IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will be defending his titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff, Wales. The two heavyweights will be getting it on at the Principality Stadium in front of 70,000 boxing fans.
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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is very keep on Takam, 36, giving a good effort in replacement of the injured No.1 WBA Kubrat Pulev, who had to pull out of the fight due to an unfortunate shoulder injury that he suffered a couple of weeks ago. The injury could cost Pulev a $5 million payday. That’s what the Bulgarian was expected to make.
Takam is said to be getting $3 million for the fight. That’s definitely life changing money for the challenger. The International Boxing Federation selected Takam from the No.3 spot in their rankings to replace Pulev when it became clear that he was not going to be able to go trhough with the fight due to a rigyt shoulder injury.
Joshua is going to be thinner for this fight than he was in his last fight against Wladimir Klitscjko on April 29 in London, England. Joshua came in at 250 for that fight, and it almost resulted in him being too heavy to win. He was able to stop Wladimir in the 11th round, but only because of an error in judgement the Ukrainian fighter made. Had Wladimir unleased the beast and gone after Joshua after knocking him to the floor in round 6, he might have been able to beat him.
“Josh is hitting very hard,” Hearn said to skyports.com. “You’re going to see him come in lighter in this fight. I think he could be 10 pounds, even a stone lighter than he was in the Klitschko fight. You’re going to see him extra fast, with extra spite. As far as I’m concerned, the most exciting fighter in world boxing, ready to do the business next Saturday.”
The only thing Hearn needs is a couple of pom-poms and he can start cheering for Joshua next Saturday. Hearn isn’t going to be able to fight for Joshua. He can build him up as much as he wants to, but it doesn’t mean he’s going to win the fight.
Being lighter could help Joshua, but won’t do much to help his chin take the big shots from Takam. For Joshua to take the shots, he’s got to see them coming and brace for them if he can’t get out of the way of them. Wladimir sent Joshua crashing to the canvas with a right hand in round 6.
It didn’t matter that Joshua was weighing 250 lbs. for that fight. He still hit the deck when that shot landed. Being lighter isn’t going to help Joshua’s punch resistance. The only thing Joshua can hope for is being thinner will help him move better, and land faster shots without getting tired like he did against Klitschko.
Takam has a lot to fight for next Saturday. He can set himself up for life if he beats Joshua. He can even set his children up for life if he can pull off an upset. Joshua will give Takam a rematch, and there will be a lot of money to be made for Takam.