Anthony Joshua Vs Carlos Takam Betting Tips & Preview

Guest Post - 24-Oct-2017

Anthony Joshua Vs Carlos Takam Betting Tips & Preview


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Kubrat Pulev pulled out of his heavyweight showdown with Britain’s Anthony Joshua after straining muscles in his right shoulder during a sparring session a fortnight ago. The Bulgarian was all set to face Joshua in a battle for the IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, but he has been forced to step aside for IBF number-three, and mandatory challenger, Carlos Takam.

Pulev’s injury was originally kept on the down-low by the fight’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, but he was forced to confirm that Pulev had admitted defeat in his battle to recover in time for Saturday 28th October.

The fact that Takam has accepted the fight on such short notice, with very little preparation to face Joshua, has led to bookmakers pricing this fight up as an absolute no-contest. BetStars has AJ as short as 1/33, which is significantly better than the 1/66 offered by Bet365!

Nevertheless, a recent TalkSport interview between Joshua and former England fast bowler, Darren Gough, revealed that AJ believes Takam has the heart and desire to push Joshua and take the fight deep into the latter rounds.

When Joshua first agreed to a deal to fight Pulev, it was written into the contract that Takam would be the standby fighter in the event the Bulgarian pulled out. Although it’s short notice, Takam has been enduring a training camp of his own in the hopes of this opportunity coming up. The Cameroon-born fighter will see this as his last shot at making the big time at the age of 36 (and after losing to Joseph Parker in their WBO heavyweight title fight in 2016).

How is Joshua Vs Takam likely to play out?

Despite the bookies considering Joshua to be the overwhelming favourite, the albeit respectful noises coming out of the Joshua camp are that Takam will be durable and difficult to take down early.

“People have said ‘Joshua, what round?’ I think we’re going for a 10-to-12 round here you know. The guy’s head is like a block of cement,” said Joshua.

Method of victory?

The only value you can get in the ‘Method of Victory’ betting category is Joshua either by decision or technical decision, which result has odds of 12/1 with Betway. AJ is as short as 1/22 to win by TKO or disqualification, so if you believe Takam will prove a tougher nut to crack than most, then Joshua by decision is the only way to go.

Round betting?

Is AJ being respectful or does he genuinely believe that Takam has a granite chin? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle — his promoters will want AJ’s fans to still tune in, after all! But there is no doubt that Takam can mix it up with the best. And the Cameroonian is willing to come forward and go toe-to-toe, which may unnerve Joshua given that he is normally the aggressor.

When all is said and done, Joshua will want to put on a show for his fans, and an early stoppage does him no favours in terms of preparation for a potential unification fight with Joseph Parker. Sensible bets would be to cover Joshua to win in Rounds 7, 8 and 9, once Takam starts to feel the heat. These are available at a best price of 16/1, 25/1 and 35/1, respectively.



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