Joe Joyce continues to make all the right noises in the heavyweight division and he is fast becoming one of Britain’s most exciting heavyweight prospects, but his next task this Saturday is against durable former world title challenger Carlos Takam.

We take a look at the fight and preview the best odds.

Joyce on a collision course for world title shot

Often criticised for his slow, heavy handed style, Joe Joyce has largely operated under the radar since claiming silver in the super-heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games, but his status is beginning to grow after recent landmark victories.

Most notably he conquered Daniel Dubois in late 2020. Dubois, who up until that fight had been touted by many as Britain’s next heavyweight champion after Anthony Joshua, but whilst most of the pundits bought into the hype, Joyce remained cool and calm throughout the build-up.

So much so that he carried the same aura into the bout with great effect, picking the explosive Dubois apart with a brutal ram-rod jab which seemed to do damage for the duration of the fight. That is until the clash was eventually stopped in the tenth round, with the challenger unable to continue due to a serious injury to his eye socket.

Prior to Dubois, Joyce boasts a strong repertoire of victories, including former heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne and former world title challenger Bryan Jennings among the London born boxer’s 12 professional wins, and he’s yet to taste defeat.

Now, Joyce is one win away from cementing WBO mandatory challenger status, which would mean he could fight for the heavyweight title next year if all goes to plan, and he can get the job done on Saturday evening.

However, one man stands in his way: Carlos Takam.

French fury Takam can cause problems

No stranger to fighting at the highest level, taking Anthony Joshua into deep waters for the heavyweight belts in 2017, Carlos Takam is game and durable, and could force Joyce into a long battle if the Brit fails to gain his respect early.

Whilst Takam has five losses in his career, he’s also recorded 28 victories, a proven warrior who will not welt in the face of adversity.

What Joyce has on his side are reach and the aforementioned jab. If he can keep Takam at bay by using these two attributes, he could stroll to a comfortable points victory, but anything can happen when two hard-hitting heavyweights collide.

Joyce is 4/9 to win on the weekend and Takam comes in as the 9/2 underdog, with a draw priced at 22/1.

Joyce to secure the victory by a points decision is priced at 5/2 whilst Takam to record a stunning victory via KO, TKO or DQ is 9/1.

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