Saturday 28th October. 10:30PM. Sky Box Office
After the incredible scenes at Wembley in April, heavyweight superstar Anthony Joshua returns to the ring on Saturday night as fans flock to Cardiff’s Principality stadium for the defence of his WBA, IBF, and IBO belts.
Fans expected Kubrat Pulev, but they’re getting Carlos Takam instead. Nonetheless, it’s AJ who will grab the headlines and, with the pre-fight work nearly complete, it’s time for the two heavyweights to get to work.
Let’s get ready to rumble.
Dillian Whyte Stands Out On The Undercard
With the fight on Box Office, many fans will want to get their money’s worth. An undercard that includes Dave Allen v Lenroy and Kal Yafai v Sho Ishida is sure to get the entertainment started long before the expected 10:30PM arrival of AJ. However, the highlight of the undercard revolves around Joshua’s rival Dillian Whyte.
Before Wladimir Klitschko, Whyte was the only man to give Joshua any problems in a professional ring. The Jamaican-born Brit has won five bouts since his only career loss to AJ, and is fully expected to lift the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title with an easy win over Robert Helenius.
The Finnish opponent boasts a 25-1 record, and has the potential to pose a few questions. However, the brute force and strong chin of Whyte, combined with the growing maturity, should see the Brixton fighter come through long before the final 12th.
BET: Under 9 rounds (Whyte V Helenius) @ Evens with SkyBet
Elsewhere on the undercard, Katie Taylor should dominate against Anahi Ester Sanchez to leave Cardiff win a 7-0 record and the WBA female lightweight title.
Expectation On AJ
As Ladbrokes odds of 1/66 highlight, the champion is fully expected to retain his titles against an opponent that only stepped in after Pulev’s injury was confirmed on 12 days notice. However, with nothing to lose, Takam (12/1) may fancy his chances of an upset.
The Cameroonian-French underdog’s 35-3-1 record looks good on paper, but Joseph Parker made relatively easy work of him in May 2016. Despite having power, aggression, and durability, the step up to Joshua is likely to end badly.
Unlike the Klitschko fight, Joshua should be fairly comfortable as he looks to outclass his opponent. Still, while we’d expect him to be up on points, it’s likely that he will get the knockout at some stage. Even if it comes once his opponent starts to tire.
With Joshua’s dynamite fists, though, the knockout could come a lot earlier. Not much else needs to be said about heavyweight boxing’s big attraction other than, we can expect to enjoy the show.