Anthony Joshua may be an overwhelming favourite to defeat newly scheduled opponent Carlos Takam, but the underdog latecomer will “run through walls” to take the Briton’s world titles, promoter Eddie Hearn has warned.
It was reported on Monday that next mandatory IBF challenger Takam will replace Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in the championship fight after the latter suffered a shoulder injury in sparring.
Pulev was already at long odds of 9/1 (10.00) to best reigning WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight champ Joshua, and 36-year-old Takam is even further off at 12/1 (13.00) with Ladbrokes.
But Hearn has warned of the change in fight style offered by Cameroon-born Takam, who will be looking to capitalise on a surprise opportunity of immense proportions, per the London Evening Standard:
“Takam is a durable rough-house fighter who puts on a lot of pressure. He is relentless. And he has been handed the biggest chance of his life here. He’ll run through walls for this one.
“Anthony, though, has been preparing for a completely different challenge. He has spent nine weeks working towards meeting a 6ft 5in stand-up style of fighter in Pulev.”
All three of Joshua’s titles will be on the line for a fight in which he’s almost a sure thing at 1/50 (1.02), but Hearn is nonetheless wary of Takam’s threat.
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Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam Odds
Anthony Joshua: 1/50 (1.02)
Carlos Takam: 12/1 (13.00)
Draw: 33/1 (34.00)