Joseph Parker, 18-0, 16 KO, takes on his most difficult challenge yet when he tangles with Carlos Takam, 33-2-1, 25 KO, in a 12 round heavyweight IBF elimination bout, Saturday, May 21 at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand. The winner gets a crack at the winner of the upcoming Anthony Joshua IBF title defense against Dominic Breazeale.
Takam, a 35 year old France based Cameroonian, gave former WBA champ Alexander Povetkin one of his toughest fights in 2014 before succumbing. Listed on Boxrec just under 6-3 and in the 240 lb range, here he is standing slightly back from the listed 6-4, 240 lb Parker, so even allowing for that diminishing perspective factor, likely Takam is slightly shorter than listed and/or Parker slightly taller.
No matter, it’s who wins that matters to the fighters, not size differences which are but one of a myriad factors in any fight. New Zealand born and recently relocated to Las Vegas, the 24 year old Parker is the young gun projected to be the favorite and the winner, but even at his best it’s likely to be a tough bout for him. It goes without saying that Takam is the hungrier, more experienced fighter here, a very dangerous proposition for any heavyweight no matter how credentialed.
We’ll see how well Parker responds to this new challenge of Takam that both need to advance further through the ranks, so fair play all and a big thanks from the boxing public for making such a good bout.