When Wladimir Klitschko retired from the boxing world and put to bed the possibility of a rematch between himself and Anthony Joshua, it came as a shock to the boxing world.
The bout between the Englishman and the Ukranian earlier in the year was a massive one. Joshua defeated Klitschko by 11th Round Technical Knockout in that bout and defended his world heavyweight belts.
Being the world champ, he has to fight someone before the end of the year. He’s entitled to choose his fights, being the champ. Since the Wladimir fight could no longer take place, he went for Bulgarian boxer, Kubrat Pulev.
With the Bulgarian suffering some injuries, he had to choose another boxer to fight with. He finally settled on Carlos Takam and both men will be slugging it out in the ring this coming Saturday. But the question on most people’s mind is: who is Carlos Takam and how much of a threat is he to Anthony Joshua?
Armand Carlos Netsing Takam, best known as Carlos Takam, is a 36-year-old Cameroonian-French professional boxer and former WBC Silver heavyweight champion. Anthony Joshua’s new challenger is a different type of boxer when comparing him with Pulev.
As an amateur he represented Cameroon in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics. Takam is only 6ft 1in – about five inches shorter than Joshua and this may go a long way in determining how this fight plays out.
He usually comes at his opponents aggressively with his powerfully built body structure. Because of how he starts his fights – on a fast and aggressive note – he tends to lose momentum in the latter stages of his bouts.
This was made obvious in his fight against Parker where he landed some heavy blows against Povetkin but ultimately began to tire in the last third of the contest and suffered a 10th round KO. This being said, he is capable of punishing his opponents pretty hard when it matters.
Carlos Takam has been a professional boxer for 12 years now. In these 12 years, Takam has a record of 35 wins, three defeats and one draw. This fight against Joshua will be his first full heavyweight title fight after he was next in line as mandatory challenger after Pulev to Joshua’s IBF belt.
The Camerooninan, with 27 knockouts in 35 victories, does carry some power in his punches and is quite capable of fighting effectively. The thought of Anthony Joshua being knocked down in the sixth round of his bout with Wladimir will come as a huge boost for Takam.
With wins over former world title challengers Frans Botha and Michael Grant, Tony Thompson, and a draw with Mike Perez, it seems that Takam has paid his boxing dues.
But will all these give him the edge over the champion, Anthony Joshua? Will Joshua make light work of the Cameroonian? Which of these two African boxers will be standing tall at the end of the fight on Saturday?
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