Joe Joyce will look to set up a showdown with the winner of the September heavyweight title battle between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk when he fights Carlos Takam in London this weekend.
‘The Juggernaut’ will replace Usyk as the mandatory WBO official going forward, which means he’ll be in line for a title shot in the near future, and the childhood Arsenal fan wants to stage a big clash. success at the Emirates Stadium. .
But first Joyce must make sure she takes care of business against Takam, a seasoned and long-time competitor who is best known on these shores for stepping in as Joshua’s late replacement opponent at Cardiff in 2017 after Kubrat Pulev suffered an injury at the shoulder, giving him a tough performance in his only world title challenge to date before finally being stopped in round 10.
This is the 35-year-old Joyce’s first fight since November, when he stunned Daniel Dubois in a memorable British showdown at Westminster Church House, with his stabbing blow inflicting heavy damage and forcing his previously undefeated rival. and ascending, to suffer a fracture. eye socket.
The former European amateur champion of the Commonwealth Games, a silver medal winner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, is now 12-0 (11 KOs) after turning pro at the age of 31. and he will be eager to maintain his momentum against an opponent who is the strong favorite to beat but who is capable of making life very difficult.