Joe Joyce returns to the ring for the first time since November, and he will be looking to dispose of Carlos Takam and move a step closer to a world title shot.
Joe Joyce v Carlos Takam Boxing Tips & Predictions
In my opinion, I don’t think Joe Joyce gets the credit and respect he deserves.
When he agreed to fight Daniel Dubois last November, he was seen as an afterthought in that bout with everyone concentrating on Dubois and what he would go on to achieve in the sport.
They forgot one thing though – Joyce can fight.
The 35-year-old outboxed Dubois with constant jabs to the face. He continued to land with the jab in Dubois’ face and caused swelling around the eye, which ended up with Dubois taking a knee and quitting in the ring.
Dubois got a lot of stick for not getting back to his feet, but the fact is he couldn’t see, and he wanted to live to fight another day.
Even after that victory, all the talk was still about Dubois and when he would get a title shot. Joyce would have every reason to be aggrieved, but he will just get on with his job and continue to beat anyone they put in front of him until the bigger fights come.
This fight against Carlos Takam is massive. Takam is no walkover, he has been in the ring with some big names and will not take a backwards step.
Takam has had 45 professional fights, and he has won 39 of them with five defeats and one draw.
Four of his five defeats have come against some household names. His second-ever loss took place in Russia back in 2014 when he was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin as he lost the WBC Silver heavyweight title.
He bounced back with wins against Marcelo Nascimento, Michael Sprott and George Arias before suffering a unanimous points decision loss against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.
Back-to-back wins followed, but he then suffered consecutive defeats for the first time in his career when he was stopped by Anthony Joshua in the 10th round when he took the WBA (Super), IBF and IBO title fight on very short notice. He was then stopped by Derek Chisora in the eighth round in their WBA International title bout.
He is currently on a four-fight winning streak, but Joyce is hungry. Even at the age of 31, Joyce continues to improve, and he knows he cannot be gung-ho against someone like Takam. He will need to use the jab as he did against Dubois and try and break Takam down.
I expect him to keep it tight at the beginning of the fight, and eventually break down Takam’s defences and stop this one late on. I am backing Joyce to end this in the 10th round.
Joe Joyce v Carlos Takam Boxing Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Joe Joyce: “I am totally focused on Takam. He’s not a southpaw, he’s orthodox and I am confident of my ability in this fight. I am within touching distance of a world title fight and let them know I’m ready to fight whoever has the belts. I accepted the fight with Takam because he is a good name, an experienced fighter, he’s strong and always comes to win. It’s going to be a great fight. He is a short fighter in stature so will want to get in range, throw those big dangerous hooks and get under my jab. It’s going to be a difficult fight. There are a few fights to be sorted out, but I can fight any of the big names for a world title. That is what I’m in the sport for. I said I was going to win all the belts, win a world title and I am right there. I am going to get to my destination. I want Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury when I fight for a world title. I always seem to be the underdog who pulls through. It’s less pressure on myself and I make sure I do the work in the gym. I will win by stoppage or KO but won’t predict a round.”
Carlos Takam: “He said he is going to run me over? I say good luck and I will see you on 24th July! I don’t think he is experienced enough to take out someone like me and this is going to be a big fight for him. I don’t want to say it is a small fight or an easy fight because every fight I treat the same. I am here because I am prepared and ready for this fight and I am coming to win. Everybody says he is a tough guy, so I am here and ready for that. The only thing I want to say is ‘let’s do the job on 24th July. I am ready for then. Joe Joyce, I am coming’. I don’t want to say they have made a mistake picking me. This
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