Joe Joyce Continues His Climb Up The Heavyweight Ladder Against Carlos Takam
By: Hector Franco
This weekend at the Wembley Arena in London, rising heavyweight contender Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) will take on perennial journeyman Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout.
Joyce, 35, is one of the many “super” heavyweights that have been a large part of this era, standing at 6’6 and at times weighing over 250 pounds for his fights. The man known as the Juggernaut, is best known for his amateur accomplishments, including a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, gold medals at the 2015 European games, and the 2014 Common Wealth games.
The London, England native participated in three seasons of the World Series of Boxing, garnering a 14-2 record with seven knockouts. The only significant loss came against current heavyweight contender and former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
As a professional, Joyce has steadily raised his level of competition, having defeated former WBC heavyweight titleholder Bermane Stivene by sixth-round stoppage in February 2019. In the summer of 2019, Joyce defeated former heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings by unanimous decision.
In his previous bout, Joyce faced fellow United Kingdom contender Daniel Dubois. After ten rounds of action and with Joyce down on two of the three judges’ scorecards, the silver medalist knocked out Dubois with a left jab. Dubois took a knee and could not continue.
It was later found out that Dubois suffered a fractured left eye socket.
While Joyce’s opponent will be five years older than him at 40-years of age, Takam holds the edge in experience over the United Kingdom star. Out of the five losses in Takam’s career, four of the five have come against elite competition, such as Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, and Derek Chisora.
Since Takam’s latest defeat at the hands of Chisora in 2018, the Frenchman out of Cameroon has won four straight fights and fought twice in 2020.
A victory over Takam for Joyce will keep him on the steady track towards a world title opportunity. Fans and pundits want to see if Joyce is closer to a Lennox Lewis or Tyson Fury rather than an Audley Harrison or David Price.
At the very least, fans can expect a solid heavyweight battle in London on Saturday night.
“I am in a good place; he’s in a good place,” Joyce said during a press conference. “We are going to have a car crash Saturday night. And I am going to win.”
Joe Joyce Takes On Carlos Takam On July 24th
By: Hans Themistode
After patiently waiting for a showdown against Oleksandr Usyk to materialize, Joe Joyce was forced to move in another direction. Now, the former 2016 Olympic silver medalist will take on fringe contender, Carlos Takam. The pair are currently scheduled to face off on July 24th, in Wembley Arena.
Originally, the British native was hoping that after picking up the biggest win in his young career against Daniel Dubois, stopping him in the 10th, that a WBO final eliminator would take place. With an apparent undisputed showdown between WBC/Ring magazine belt holder Tyson Fury and unified champion Anthony Joshua, Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) began negotiating terms for a matchup with Usyk.
For as much as Joyce wanted his shot at a world title, he welcomed a matchup with Usyk. The two battled it out on the amateur scene several years ago with Usyk walking away with a wide points victory.
While both sides were inching towards an agreement, everything fell apart thanks to former WBC belt holder, Deontay Wilder. The Alabama native won his arbitration case against Fury, which forced the undefeated titleholder to face him once more. With Fury no longer able to face Joshua, Usyk left the negotiating table with Joyce and pursued his mandated title shot against Joshua. Currently, both Usyk and Joshua haven’t come to terms on a deal but promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed confidence in his ability to get their showdown over the finish line.
As for Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs), the road to true contender status has been a long one. After suffering back-to-back stoppage defeats at the hands of Joshua and borderline contender Dereck Chisora, Takam was determined to dust himself off and fight his way back to a respectable position. Now, with four straight wins, Takam will now look to pry away the Commonwealth title that is currently in the possession of Joyce.
ESPN Boxing Results: Carlos Takam Defeats Jerry Forrest
Carlos Takam vs Jerry Forrest
Heavyweight contender Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs) proved tonight at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada that he still has life in those 39 year old bones.
His opponent on the night in Jerry Forrest (26-4, 20 KOs) was lethargic for most of the night. He seldom threw combinations as he was looking for one shot to end the night. Unfortunately for Forrest, that big shot never came as he was on the losing end of a unanimous decision.
Fred Wilson Jr vs Donte Stubbs
After picking up the first loss in his young career during his last ring appearance, Donte Stubbs (7-1, 2 KOs) bounced back in a big way.
Stubbs came out of the gates fast to start off his contest against Fred Wilson Jr (6-1-2, KOs). He consistently pushed his man back while applying heavy pressure. Stubbs winged big shots which for the most part, hit nothing but air. In the third and fifth rounds however, Stubbs dropped his man with a right hand. From there, it was smooth sailing as he cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Joshafat Ortiz vs Joshua Orta
A pair of undefeated fighters graced the ring at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas when Joshua Orta (7-1, 2 KOs) took on Joshafat Ortiz (8-0, 4 KOs).
It was nonstop leather from the opening bell as both man landed hard shots to kick things off. It was the pace of Ortiz however, which dictated the action early on. Not to be outdone, Orta came on strong during the second half of the fight. It was simply a case of too little too late as Ortiz walked away with the victory.
The final scores of the contest were as followed: 57-57 and two scores of 58-56 all in favor of Ortiz.
Carlos Takam vs Jerry Forrest: Fight Preview and Weigh-in Results
By: Hans Themistode
Heavyweight contender Carlos Takam has little time to waste. At the age of 39 and having failed in his lone attempt to win a world title in October of 2018 against Anthony Joshua, Takam can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
However, with three straight victories under his belt, he is making one final push to contend for a championship once again. His latest opportunity to headline another fight card, came courtesy of perpetual cheater Jarrell Miller.
The Brooklyn born Miller was slated to take on Jerry Forrest tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those plans were immediately scrapped once Miller failed a pre-fight drug test. Fans and media members castigated Miller. Takam however, praised his drug cheating ways as he was chosen to fill in and take on Forrest.
The COVID-19 infected sports world will now be watching Forrest. Something that he hasn’t always been comfortable with. The fringe contender has come up short in his three most high profiled fights against Michael Hunter, Gerald Washington and most recently Jermaine Franklin.
Even with those blunders, the Louisiana born product can find himself on the road to title contention with a win over Takam in the main event tomorrow night which will air on ESPN at 8 PM ET.
For the entire fight card weigh-ins, scroll below.
Carlos Takam 245.7 pounds (38-5-1, 28 KOs) vs Jerry Forrest 225.6 pounds (26-3, 20 KOs)
Carlos Castro 123.8 pounds (25-0, 10 KOs) vs Cesar Juarez 124.4 pounds (25-8, 19 KOs)
Joshafat Ortiz 130.8 pounds (7-0, 4 KOs) vs Joshua Orta 132.7 pounds (6-0, 2 KOs)
Fred Wilson Jr. 159 pounds (6-0-2, 2 KOs) vs Donte Stubbs 159.5 pounds (6-1, 2 KOs)
Peter Cortez 147.5 pounds (2-1, 1 KO) vs Corey Champion 147.6 pounds (1-3, 1 KO)