Joe Joyce vs Carlos Takam: Juggernaut ready to run all over experienced Takam

The 'Juggernaut' Joe Joyce looks primed to line up a heavyweight world title shot ahead of his clash against the experienced Carlos Takam.

Joe Joyce and Carlos Takam are two heavyweights going in completely different directions.

Unbeaten Joyce, 35, is stepping ever closer to a world title fight and only an unlikely defeat next month will halt his progress.

Despite just a five-year age difference, Cameroon-born Takam looks to be on downward career spiral. The 40-year-old seems set to bring the curtain down on a 16-year career in 2021 in a career which has seen him fight Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.

Those three bouts all ended in defeat for Takam and he looks set to be on the end of another loss at the SSE Arena.

Planet Sport Bet have chalked Takam up at around 11/2, with big-hitting Joyce the heavy 1/10 favourite.

Punching stats in previous fights

Dubois vs Joyce (November 28, 2020)

Joyce averaged 59.1 punches per round to Dubois' 52.8 in their fight, which got stopped in round 10.

Joyce also landed more shots to the body at 51 compared to Dubois' 29. When it came to the jab, Joyce also connected more with an average of 10.7 per round to Dubois' 7.0.

Takam vs Forrest (July 9, 2020)

In the 10-rounder, Takam landed more punches than Jerry Forrest with 106 from 455 thrown (23%) compared to Forrest's 70 from 321 (22%).

Takam also had more success in the power punches and jabs department against Forrest with 84 to 57 and 22 to 13, respectively. 

All of the stats were compiled by CompuBox.

Accurate jab

It's hard to make a convincing case for Takam against 6ft 6in Joyce, who has 12 wins from 12 fights and is ranked at No. 2 by the WBO.

Joyce was the big underdog going into his last fight with Daniel Dubois, but he was too strong for his 23-year-old opponent. "The Juggernaut" out-jabbed his younger rival, causing damage to the left eye of Dubois, which eventually forced him to take the knee and the count in round 10.

Joyce not only carries solid shots, he also displayed huge resilience to walk through some powerful early exchanges from Dubois.

That, powerful, accurate jab was the undoing of Dubois, who has recently returned for the first time since defeat to knock out Bogdan Dinu under Shane McGuigan.

Joe Joyce dispatched Daniel Dubois last year
Joe Joyce dispatched Daniel Dubois last year

Joyce said afterwards: "I was glad it was over!"

Whether 6ft 1 1/2in Takam can deliver the same threat is doubtful. In fact the 2016 Olympic silver medallist was shocked Takam agreed to the fight.

Joyce said: "I only want competitive fights but everyone wants to avoid me. Carlos Takam didn't even want to spar me in Las Vegas, so I'm surprised he's taken the fight."

Takam has won four fights in a row and overall has lost five times in 45 outings.

His last defeat was a punishing eighth-round knockout to Derek Chisora in July 2018.

Incidentally he was ahead on the cards before Chisora landed two big right hands that twice floored Takam.

That was three years ago and the calibre of opponent has not been the same in his recent victories.

With that in mind, expect Joyce to come out on top with a late stoppage.

When and where?

Joe Joyce will face Carlos Takam at Wembley Arena on July 24.

What's on the line?

The WBC (Silver), vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. A subsequent win for Joyce though will have him well placed for a world title shot.

Where can I watch it?

Live on BT Sport, ring walk is expected 10pm. As for America, ESPN normally broadcast fights from BT but as it stands, there is no confirmed channel for the event.

The undercard:

Sheeraz vs Gurria

Jenkins vs Essuman

Bourke vs Beech Jnr

David Adeleye vs Mladen Manev

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