SPORT WEEK THE BIG FIGHT

sky sports box­ing ex­pert JOHNNY NEL­SON pre­dicts a knock­out vic­tory for an­thony Joshua against car­los takam

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An­thony Joshua v Car­los Takam Satur­day, Sky Sports Box Of­fice HD, from 6pm

BRI­TAIN’S AN­THONY JOSHUA steps into the ring at Cardiff ’s Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium on Satur­day to de­fend his world ti­tles against Cameroo­ni­an­french chal­lenger Car­los Takam af­ter his orig­i­nal op­po­nent, Bul­gar­ian Kubrat Pulev, with­drew due to a shoul­der in­jury.

So far, the world heavy­weight cham­pion from Wat­ford has won all his 19 fights, knock­ing his op­po­nent out on ev­ery oc­ca­sion. How­ever, Takam should not be dis­counted, hav­ing 27 knock­outs to his name, and a rep­u­ta­tion for ag­gres­sion and power.

We asked Sky Sports box­ing ex­pert Johnny Nel­son to set the scene for the big fight…

THE CHAL­LENGER

This could be a real Rocky mo­ment for the French fighter who wasn’t ex­pect­ing to fight Joshua at this stage of his ca­reer. Takam has an im­pres­sive record, with 27 knock­outs, and he is an ag­gres­sive fighter. He won’t have been train­ing for a shot at the world ti­tle un­til two weeks ago, but as the back-up fighter he will still have done plenty of work in the gym, and will come into the ring fight-fit. As a last-minute re­place­ment he will be dan­ger­ous for Joshua, and will have a slight sur­prise el­e­ment on his side as he goes for a shock re­sult.

THE CHAM­PION

Joshua learned more in that one fight against Wladimir Kl­itschko [when he won the WBA ti­tle in April] than in his pre­vi­ous 18 fights, and we saw him show some tac­ti­cal abil­ity in­stead of just re­ly­ing on his speed, power and en­ergy. Un­til two weeks ago he was pre­par­ing to fight a much big­ger man, so Joshua will have to ad­just to that, es­pe­cially the di­rec­tion he throws his punches. I reckon his youth, speed and ac­cu­racy will prove too much for Takam and he’ll win by a knock­out.

CAR­LOS TAKAM (RIGHT) HAS WON 35 OUT OF HIS 39 PRO­FES­SIONAL FIGHTS

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