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Unbeaten London heavyweight Joe Joyce is back in action this weekend when facing the experienced Carlos Takam. We preview the fight and browse the betting available.
Joyce in rounds 9-12 @ +250
Odds provided by William Hill
|Joe Joyce vs Carlos Takam Information|
|Fight||Joe Joyce vs Carlos Takam|
|Promoter||Frank Warren (Queensberry Promotions)|
|Location||Wembley Arena, London|
|Time||Saturday, July 24, 22:30 GMT|
|How to watch||Live on BT Sport|
Unbeaten British heavyweight Joe Joyce makes his long-awaited return to the ring when facing experienced road warrior Carlos Takam at Wembley Arena, London, on Saturday.
Juggernaut brings an unblemished 12-fight record, with all but one of his wins coming by knockout. The only man to take Joyce the distance to date was American Bryan Jennings two summers ago. The fighter from Philadelphia was well beaten on the scorecards that night and could have no arguments about the result.
Since out-pointing Jennings, Joyce has stopped Michael Wallisch in round three and was last seen taking out London rival and previously unbeaten contender Daniel Dubois in round 10. The latter ranks as the biggest win of Joyce’s career so far, but it’ll be worth nothing if the 35-year-old fails to build on that success.
Nevada-based African Takam is a 45-bout veteran of the sport and carries a professional record detailing 39 wins against five defeats and one draw. Of his victories, he has scored 28 by knockout but has been stopped three times himself.
He’s a fit, honest, and game fighter who is good enough to upset the odds if taken lightly. The 40-year-old arrives in London riding a four-fight winning streak.
This will prove a tough test for Joyce if he’s not at his best, but the younger man has enough skill and talent to continue his winning ways. Takam may be strong and brave, but he’ll also come to fight, and that will prove to be his undoing.
Takam is a come-forward boxer with little defense or ringcraft. He’ll eat the long, stiff jabs of his opponent all evening, just as Dynamite Dubois did last time.
It may be Joe’s first outing of the year, but he always keeps himself sharp and in shape. The support back inside the arena will boost his chances, and we expect Joyce to get down to business early. He’ll establish his jab, pick up the distance, and this bout is expected to settle into a rhythm quickly.
The underdog will aim to make a nuisance of himself, but at 40 years old and with a 6ft 6inch giant targeting his head and body with heavy shots, it won’t take the African long to start feeling his age. Take the home fighter to win by a late stoppage.
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