ANTHONY JOSHUA stands tall on the high of the tree however challenger Carlos Takam shall be trying to write his personal piece of historical past this Saturday in Cardiff.
In April at Wembley, Joshua got here of age as a heavyweight star, when he stopped Wladimir Klitschko in spherical 11, producing a lifetime finest efficiency.
However he needed to come by way of his personal disaster moments in doing so.
He was damage within the fifth, and hit the canvas for the primary time in his skilled profession within the sixth when he seemed near a surprising loss.
Heavyweight boxing is about energy, and Takam has a lot – 27 KOs in his 35 wins is a stat that calls for respect.
And whereas Joshua confirmed great coronary heart and can in his KO win towards Klitschko, he additionally confirmed each heavyweight on the market a vulnerability – that he might be damage.
I am going to always remember sitting with Lennox Lewis and Gary Mason and being surprised because the baddest man on the planet Mike Tyson was damaged aside in spectacular trend by “no-hoper” James “Buster” Douglas within the tenth spherical of an “simple defence” of his undisputed crown.
I additionally bear in mind packing my finest go well with for my look as a visitor on This Is Your Life celebrating Lennox Lewis’ world title glory solely to be despatched residence dissatisfied as an unheralded Oliver McCall gatecrashed that celebration with a devastating second spherical KO.
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Joshua remains to be a piece in progress, and with solely 19 fights thus far, he wants opponents like Takam to enhance and be taught.
The French-Cameroonian has little to lose as a late alternative so shall be out to attempt his luck and go for glory.
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He’s tough – only a top form Alexander Povetkin has stopped him – and he pushed current WBO Joseph Parker all the way to a close points loss in May last year.
He has regrouped from that setback with two routine KO wins over average opposition so comes into the fight of his life with confidence and belief.
He has a good defence and showed good movement in his bout with Parker so could pose different problems that Joshua yet to face in the pro game.
But this is a fight that Joshua should dominate behind a good jab and solid defence.
He will look to break down his 36-year-old opponent in the middle rounds for a solid defence of his title in a business like fashion.
Complacency, a fighter’s greatest enemy, is staring Joshua in the face, so let’s hope AJ has not been looking too far ahead and his feet are firmly planted on the ground.
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