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Joshua vs Takam: Whole Card Preview

by Paul Duckworth

On a card that that has lived up to the smallprint warning "subject to change", making predictions for the evening comes with caveats! With the exception of the clash between Dillian Whyte and Robert Helenius, to be covered by Steve Fearon in depth on the Hellraiser Weekender tomorrow, here is my (as it stands) card preview.

Anthony Joshua, 19-0 (19) vs Carlos Takam, 35-3-1 (27)
IBF, IBO, WBA world heavyweight titles

Paul wrote an in depth look at Joshua opponent Takam, which you can see here.

Carlos Takam is well suited to AJ as Takam predominantly is a come forward, front foot opponent. Although Joshua’s defence isn't watertight but Takam doesn't carry the power to bother AJ, and I believe AJ who also likes to be the aggressor will be too strong and knockout Takam around the mid rounds.

Anahi Esther Sanchez, 19-2 (9) vs Katie Taylor, 6-0 (4)
Women’s WBA lightweight world title

In what has the potential to steal the show, Ireland's Katie Taylor will have her first opportunity to become a world champion when she faces two weight world champion Anahi Esther Sanchez for the WBA World Lightweight Championship. Considered an exciting and dedicated opponent Sanchez is making her first defence since defeating Cecilia Sofia Mena for the strap in her last fight with a sixth round technical knockout.

31 year old Taylor, who boasts a 67% KO ratio has a difficult task against 26 year old Sanchez, who has earned a 47%t KO ratio, and is vastly more experienced in the professional ranks. However Taylor has demonstrated that she is a special talent who not only has the power but also the shot selection to trouble the elite in the women's division.

Prediction: Taylor to win via a close points decision.

Khalid Yafai, 22-0 (14) vs Sho Ishida, 24-0 (13)
WBA world super flyweight title

Another match that has the potential to be an exciting encounter is between two undefeated super flyweights; 28 year old Kal Yafai, boasting a 64% KO ratio will face a tricky 25 year old Ishida who has earnt a 54% KO ratio in the paid division. Although this is a huge step up for Sho Ishida who has hasn't faced anyone of Yafai's class before.

Prediction: Yafai to outclass Ishida and win via a late stoppage.

Frank Buglioni, 20-2-1 (15) vs Craig Richards, 10-0 (4)
British and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles

Initially Callum Johnson was to fight for the titles, although he pulled out on fight week, with Eddie Hearn citing he had a trip to the hospital last weekend. Up stepped "The Spider" Craig Richards who has had a short career, begun at super middleweight. However a victory only last weekend at light heavyweight has earnt a surprise title opportunity. This will be Richard's first 12 round encounter and an extremely difficult proposition.

Prediction: "The Wise Guy" Frank Buglioni will be too strong and a knockout victory seems likely.

Dave Allen, 12-3-1 (9) vs Lenroy Thomas, Dorian Darch, Scott Saward, 3-0 (0)

[ED] Poor Allen has suffered the ignominy of Thomas going AWOL, then Darch not coming through so now faces the huge but inexperienced Scott Saward. Saward is probably getting a good payday to risk his unbeaten record, but has never had his chin tested properly. It would be a huge surprise to see him win.

Joshua Buatsi v TBC (at time of writing)

Joe Cordina v TBC (at time of writing)

Lawrence Okoli v TBC (at time of writing)

The three undefeated olympians continue their professional development against as yet un named opponents. Welsh Cordina should get a warm welcome from his home crowd, whilst Buatsi will be looking for another knockout.

Don’t forget the Hellraiser Weekender by Steve Fearon tomorrow goes in depth on Whyte versus Helenius.

Posted: 27th Oct 2017

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