Josh 19-0, 19 KO, was to defend against an long established challenger in Kubrat Pulev 25-1, 13 KO, but alas, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that, so now Josh and Carlos Takam, 28-3-1, 15 KO, are gonna tangle for his belts. That would be Saturday, October 28th in olde Wales in a surprise, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, probably due to this being a short notice replacement for Pulev that was orignally scheduled in England in a much bigger fight than this.
This storyline follows the traditional Arab warning of being careful for what you wish for. Now that Wladimir Klitschko retired after a truly epic fight with Josh to cap an incredibly long and productive HOF career as long wished for by his numerous critics, the heavyweight division is indeed finally bereft of credible contenders or champs save Josh who is an unrepentant Englishman. Oh dear, and a Boo-Hoo-Hoo for the few American fans who had looked forward to reclaiming their rightful birthright as American heavyweight champions, only to see their hopes dashed upon the rocks of their own ignorance of heavyweight boxing.
Oh sure, they got their prison tattooed WBC chump, Deyonce Wilder, who has scarcely surfaced but for every 5th blue moon to take on some fringe contender in a TBA, short notice fight buried deep in the mud flats of Alabamy for few bags of salted peanuts stakes. Their chump can’t draw flies to his fights in spite of the fragrant fetid whiffs of stink fanned out to the press and unadoring public by his promoter AKA “manager,” yup, you guessed it, Al Haymon.
I’ll be honest here in that 36 year old Takam is better than anyone Deyonce has defended against, but he is so outclassed by the concussive form Josh has been showing in his thus far short pro career, that lasting 4 rounds would be a stretch for Takam’s survival. Boxing has truly sunk to it’s lowest ebb in history when they can’t even field a credible contender for a dynamic young champ as Josh has proven to be. Josh compares favorably to the greats, but what if a great showed up at boxing’s doorstep today and there was nobody of any credibility to fight him?
Well, praise be to boxing’s grazing herds of boxing experts, here we are…