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Anthony Joshua to make short work of Carlos Takam

Anthony Joshua returns to the ring on Saturday for the first time since his dramatic victory over Wladimir Klitschko in April which ensured he added the WBA and IBO titles to the IBF belt he took from Charles Martin.

Joshua had been preparing rigorously for a fight against Kubrat Pulev, but his plans were thrown out of kilter when the Bulgarian had to pull out with a shoulder injury, so Carlos Takam - a much shorter fighter at 6ft 1in - stepped in at less than a fortnight's notice.

The Cameroonian-Frenchman is not expected to rock the boat in Cardiff having lost two of his last seven fights which suggests he lacks the quality needed to upset the champion.

He blamed his most recent defeat against Joseph Parker on his failure to arrive early enough in New Zealand where he "got tired", but has since bounced back with two victories.

Takam has revealed his strategy will be to "work Joshua's body as well as the head" and is confident his speed will give him a chance of winning by knockout, but at 36 he is entering the twilight of his career and 12/1 on a shock victory tells us all we need to know about the outcome.

With Joshua at 1/33 to win, better value can be found in some of the other markets, such as the round betting.

The 28-year-old from Watford has won all of his 19 fights by knockout or TKO and 16 of those have been inside three rounds. Two of them came in the seventh and his last fight against Klitschko was his longest, coming in the 11th.

Joshua expects the mandatory IBF challenger to be a tougher opponent than Pulev, describing him as a "five-round fighter", but thinks his fearless style of boxing won't last in the long run.

Takam may give his opponent a run for his money in the early stages and is evens to lose inside three rounds. Although it's unlikely he'll last the distance, Takam may cause a bit of a stir so 7/4 on Joshua winning between the fourth and sixth rounds looks good value.

Victory in either rounds three or four also catch the eye at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively.

Anthony Joshua to win between rounds four and six @ 7/4

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Boxing