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Joshua vs Takam Fight Odds, Predictions

Two massive heavyweights will meet Saturday at 5 PM ET on Showtime Championship Boxing when I.B.F. and W.B.A. champion Anthony Joshua will put his belt on the line against Carlos Takam. Joshua vs Takam Fight Odds have Joshua as a 50 to 1 betting favorite with 70% of picks on Joshua. Joshua, 19-0, 19 KO’s, is coming of an epic war for the boxing gods when he nearly decapitated Wladimir Klitchko to capture the titles. Takam, 35-3-1, 27 KO’s, is a rugged top-20 contender from Douala, Cameroon. Who will win this battle of free swinging bombers? ESPN2 News gives our expert betting picks. Joshua vs Takam Fight Odds have Takam a +1600 moneyline underdog

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ESPN2 News Bottom Line: The 36-year old Takam is tough but like Clint Eastwood told his charge in the hit Million Dollar Baby “Tough ain’t enough.” The late replacement Takam is being served up for the hometown hero in Joshua’s backyard in Cardiff, Wales like a giraffe being served up to a Lion. Joshua, 28, likens himself to Mike Tyson and for all intents and purposes he is the modern day “Kid Dynamite” with his blend of power, strength and intimidation. Takam is build like a freight train but he is outclassed and has a punch and a prayer to escape a few rounds with the hulking gold-medalist. Bet Joshua across the board by 1st round knockout, 2nd round knockout and take the Under 4.5 Over/Under round betting prop. Joshua vs Takam Fight Odds Over/Under is at 4.5 Rounds with the Under at +110

ESPN2 NEWS Boxing Predictions:

Joshua via KO 1 +600 (1 UNIT)

Joshua via KO 2 +550 (1 UNIT)

Under 4.5 Rounds +110 (1 UNIT)



Ht. 6’5″/6’0 1/2″

Wt. 254/235

Age: 28/36

Reach: 83″/80″

Fight Picks Breakdown


Height/Reach: Joshua +5

Strength/Size: Joshua +2

Power: 9/8

Hand Speed/Dexterity: 7/6

Stamina: 6/6

Defense: 7/6

Chin/Resiliency: 8/8

Jab: 7/6

Boxing Ability: 7/6

Intelligence: 7/7

Agilty: 5/6

Bodypunching/In-Fight: 6/6

Confidence/Focus/Will To Win: Joshua +2

Cuts/Injury/Age/Inactivity: Joshua +2

Judges Scoring: Joshua +2

Trainer: Joshua +1

ESPN2 News Fight Odds: Joshua 40 to 1


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