Joe Joyce will take in Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night but this is just not an ordinary Boxing contest according to his promoter Frank Warren.
Warren, who has been in charge of promoting the UK based giant believes Joyce is taking the fight as serious as a title fight and will not afford to make mistakes ones the opening bell is heard.
Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) will be going against a fighter much older than him but no doubt, the France native can punch and Warren see’s that as a big risk to the undefeated contenders status as a loss to Takam will cost Joyce his opportunity to step into the WBO top contenders spot ones Oleksandr Usyk has been given his overdue mandatory shot IBF , IBO, WBO and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Carlos Takam has been in some big battles recently and that has seen him lose three times via knock out and technical knockout but that does not mean Joyce will be having an easy night when they meet in their heavyweight fight at the Wembley Arena in London.
“You look at the old adage, you know, styles make fights,” Warren said during a press conference Thursday. “And Carlos Takam, you know, the British fans know who he is. He’s had, what is it now, it’s 45 fights and he’s had 28 knockouts. And Joe’s had 12 fights as a pro, stopped 11 of ‘em. So, when you look at professional experience, Carlos has far, far more experience than Joe has. Having said that, Joe is now in the number one spot, after this fight takes place between AJ and Usyk. And he can’t afford to slip up. You know, he’s got it there. He’s got to the position that we all were trying and working very hard to get him to. And now everything’s on the line on Saturday. This is like a world title fight for him because he cannot make a mistake.”
Takam will be looking to build on his four fight winning streak which he has accumulated since his stoppage loses in the hands of Anthony Joshua and Derek Chisora but Warren doesn’t just want Joyce to beat Takam but also to do that in style, so as to send a big statement.
“You look at Joe – he’s done everything as a pro that he’s been asked,” Warren said. “He’s done a fantastic amateur career, but robbed for the gold medal, should’ve had that [at the 2016 Summer Olympics]. But he’s had a fantastic amateur career. He’s certainly caught on as a heavyweight now. And he’s on the cusp of doing something really good, so I’m looking for him on Saturday to make a statement, to put a performance in there, and come out of there that everybody says, ‘Hang on a minute. This fella can win a world title. He can do it.’ ”