JOSHUA V TAKAM | SPORTS PREVIEW
Anthony Joshua is set to take on French Boxer and former WBC Silver heavyweight champion Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Sat 28Oct.
Following Joshua’s triumph over Wladimir Klitscho at London’s Wembley Stadium In April, witnessed by 90,000 audience members and nearly 700,000 excited people watching from home, the British boxer was able to add the World Boxing Association (WBA) strap to his belt.
The unbeaten gold medal holder now faces another challenge. Takam made his boxing debut in 2005 against Zinidine Benmakhlouf of Belgium. By 2008, he had a record of 17 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws and 16 knockouts. Now at just 3 losses in his entire professional boxing career, Joshua will need to be on top form to go against this relentless opponent. All this makes the Cardiff fight a much anticipated one indeed.
Despite the nerves and speculation leading up to the fight, his statements to the media suggest that Joshua is looking optimistic and has been preparing to get back in the ring since his win against Klitscho nearly six months ago. He has also expressed undying respect for the fans who’ve given him so much adoration and celebrated his achievements, hinting that he aims to give Cardiff an impressive night.
The anticipation and excitement building up here is no different from that preceding Wembley. The match at Principality Stadium is expected to make Cardiff the focus point of millions by attracting the attention of millions and by providing a sold-out venue of 75,000 for Joshua and Takam to battle it out in.
For those who can’t go to the match, information about where to watch the event will be provided soon. Due to the high demand that will inevitably exist for tickets, Cardiff is gearing up its security services and workers for what is sure to be a memorable event, regardless of the result.
Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Sat 28 Oct. Tickets: £40+. Info: 029 2082 2432 / www.principalitystadium.wales
words ALEX SWIFT