Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Tips, Odds and Betting Offers, Saturday 28th October 2017, Cardiff, 22:30

Anthony Joshua is widely expected to see off Carlos Takam this weekend, with an incredibly one sided fight in prospect. Fans who were hoping to see a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko or even a meeting with Kubrat Pulev have been left disappointed, as both have pulled out of this bout.

That means 80,000 people are taking to their seats on Saturday to see Joshua walk out as a 1/50 favourite with 888Sport, up against a 12/1 outsider. Ahead of this bout, we’re looking to find some better value picks for Saturday’s contest.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam Tips and Free Bets

Preview

It’s hard to see much value in backing Joshua, given his crazy odds for this bout. Takam doesn’t have an awful record as a pro, with 35 wins, 27 by knockout. He’s lost just three times in his career, but that was against lesser names. This is a huge step up for him, and the odds on this fight represent the gulf that Takam has to overcome when he steps up to the biggest stage.

The prefight odds suggest that he’s going to be completely blown away, but we don’t expect that to be the case. He should be able to hold his own in the opener, but after that it’s hard to see much hope for the 2003 African Championships gold medallist. Joshua is going to be roared on by a noisy Cardiff crowd, and people will be demanding that he put on a show. If he is going to win, fans want to see the champion start on the front foot and display his quality.

Betting Verdict

We don’t see Joshua wasting too much time getting into the groove of this fight, especially given his impressive win over Klitschko earlier this year. Having trained for a bigger bout than this one, we don’t think Joshua will have any problems in his title defence this weekend. The odds make it clear that he’ll win, but we think the value lies in backing an early victory for AJ.

We can see him finishing this one up within three rounds, which he’s done on six occasions since the start of 2015. Charles Martin and Eric Molina fell by the third round to Joshua last year, with all of Joshua’s first 14 fights settled in three rounds or fewer. This is likely to be a throwback to his younger days when he was winning with ease, so we’re backing him to win in rounds 1 to 4 at 3/4 with 888Sport, while we’re also going for a third round victory at 5/1 with Betfair.