Takam: Joshua is Strong - But Parker is Fast, Has A lot of Speed

Carlos Takam plans to be ringside on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, when IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) collide with WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) in a heavyweight unification showdown.

Takam, being a common opponent, is very familiar with both boxers.

He lost a tough twelve round unanimous decision to Parker in 2016, and last October he stepped in on late notice for a fight with Joshua and put in a hard fought effort before he was stopped in the tenth round.


When giving his take on the fight, Takam expressed respect for both boxers.

He gives Joshua the edge in strength, but feels Parker has much faster hands.

"Joseph Parker, the guy has speed, a lot of speed. I think his speed is faster than Joshua," said Takam to Sky Sports.

"Joshua is strong, but Parker's speed is faster than Joshua and we're going to see what is going to happen in the fight - speed or strength.

"For me, those two are the best. I have respect for Parker, I have respect for Joshua. For me, they are two good fighters, two good boxers, two good champions."

As far as Takam himself, he is planning to return to the ring in April and then he would like to secure a fight for himself with British contender Dillian Whyte.

Whyte is preparing to face former world champion Lucas Browne at The O2 on March 24.

After the fight, maybe I want to come to Britain to fight," Takam said. "After my fight, I'm going to see what I'm going to do. Maybe I'm going to make one big fight after my fight in April. I would like to fight Dillian Whyte, yes."

If Whyte defeats Browne, there are several options on the table. Whyte still holds the WBC's mandatory ranking for a crack at current champion Deontay Wilder, who make a voluntary defense on March 3rd against Luis Ortiz.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GreatErikk on 02-10-2018

Speed best power

Comment by Jkp on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;18474575]If he was avoiding AJ's punches with ease ... then why did he have blood in his eyes for almost the whole fight and who decked him in the 4th? Are you going to blame the ref for that too?[/QUOTE]…

Comment by pollywog on 02-09-2018

The giant juicing glass jawed robot wont be able to get his head out of the way fast enough when oilskin starts throwing combos. Sure, Joe will have to eat a few trying to get inside, but that's part of…

Comment by RememberTUA? on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=Tonyu;18473660]Everybody assumes that Joshua just has to turn up and he beats Parker. I say again this reminds me of Garcia v Matthysse where Garcia was not given a chance and Garcia won that fight comfortably. I wouldn't be surprised…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 02-09-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;18474675]I like RJJ's commentary too. I don't understand why he didn't pursue it as a career instead of carrying on fighting, if he needs the money. If he has too many fights, starts slurring words and forgetting names, that option…

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