Another week is in the books and it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy the sweet science. Here’s what to look out for this weekend…
1 The champ is back!
Fresh off the fight of his life, IBF and WBA heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua is back in the squared circle this weekend.
Joshua (19-0, 19 KO) faces Carlos Takam, a replacement for WBA mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, who had to pull out due to injury. Takam (35-3-1, 27 KO), a slugger from Cameroon, knows he must implement a successful game plan to pull off a monumental upset. Speaking at the press conference he said:
"It will be just as important to work Joshua's body as well as the head. If I can do things differently from what other boxers have done against him, I'll have a chance to win by knockout."
Joshua is taking the risk of fighting a dangerous opponent on short notice but he knows taking care of business will lead to bigger things. The 28-year-old stated:
"I've got to do whatever I've got to do to get this win. It sets up several fights in the future."
As fans we are waiting with bated breath on who these future opponents could be. Deontay Wilder? Joseph Parker? Tyson Fury...?
2 Somebody's "0" has got to go!
Undefeated WBA junior-bantamweight champion Kal Yafai is going toe-to-toe with undefeated challenger Sho Ishida on the undercard of Joshua vs Takam: somebody's "0" has got to go.
Yafai (22-0, 14 KO) is attempting his second defense of the title he won last December. He is the heavy favorite with the bookmakers, but Ishida carries a three-inch height advantage.
Will Yafai prove he is one of many elite junior-bantams in the world or will Ishida display Japan's domination of the lower weight classes?
3 Will Dillian Whyte impress on Joshua's card?
Outside of Klitschko, only one fighter has hurt Anthony Joshua: Dillian Whyte.
Whyte fights Robert Helenius on Joshua's undercard this weekend which may prove to be the perfect opportunity for him to show off the left hook that turned Joshua's legs into Jell-O in the second round of their 2015 bout.
If Whyte impresses he'll have a case to get another crack at the title, as well as luring Deontay Wilder into a defence of his WBC crown.
4 Can the Olympian take home the gold (belt)?
Two-time Olympian, Katie Taylor, (6-0) will get her chance to upgrade her 2012 gold medal for a WBA belt when she faces Anahi Esther Taylor (17-2, 9 KO) - also on the Joshua/Takam card.
Katie Taylor will her have her hands full with the experienced Taylor, but the champ's legs may be the ones with the heavy load having fought seven weeks earlier.
Olympians have shown recently that they don't need many fights to compete with the top pros in the world. Will Taylor claim a belt in her seventh fight, or will she return to Ireland empty handed?
5 Will there be any post-fight previews?
If all goes according to plan, meaning Joshua successfully defends his crown, many will wonder, "what's next?"
The heavyweight division is aching for unification and the time couldn't be better. Three undefeated champions, all in their primes and craving super-fight money.
The world is fixated on Joshua fighting Deontay Wilder as soon as possible but "AJ" is his own man and wants to make the best career decisions.
Joseph Parker could be a potential opponent and if Joshua defeats him, he'll dominate Wilder in negotiations for a possible 2018/2019 super fight.
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