Although it was announced that Joe Joyce should have his next match against Mark Huck, which would also be his defense of the EBU European Championship title, the silver super heavyweight Olympian from Rio De Janeiro had other plans.
Aiming to get as close as possible to those of the best positions in the boxing rankings, he decided to confront former world title challenger Carlos Takam. This match is scheduled for July 24, the same date when Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will meet in America a few hours later.
"Juggernaut" and his opponent will be host by SSE Arena inside London's Wembley complex. It was Wilder who was responsible for changing Joyce's plans this year. He was arranged for a match against Oleksandr Usyk, and in the moments when the date was being worked on, Wilder's arbitration was completed, by which he won the right to the third match against Fury.
Following the event, Usyk is focused on the match against Anthony Joshua, leaving Joyce actually short-sleeved. However, he could not do without the match.
Joyce vs Takam
The 35-year-old 197-centimeter-tall Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) is thus waiting for 40-year-old Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs), a Cameroonian boxer best known for his October 2017 match against Anthony Joshua.
That way, he was defeated by a stoppage in the tenth round, after which Derek Chisora was better than him. Still, on account of a string of wins in his last four matches, BoxRec ranks him as the 22nd heavyweight in the world.
Takam wants to continue that series and Joyce will be the ideal opportunity for him to record his fifth victory in a row. He will not have an easy task considering that Joyce is a great fighter against whom rarely anyone was dominant, but he will certainly do his best.
They are both mentally strong fighters and have great self-confidence, the only question is who will be more ready in that match. Joyce will try to upgrade his biggest win so far, the one he recorded last November against the favored Daniel Dubois.
The situation in the heavyweight division at the moment is such that more boxers will try to secure a “pole position” to attack one of the titles, or even maybe all of them when the whole drama starring Joshua, Fury, and Wilder is finally over. Speaking of BoxRec, Joyce ranks 13th on their list. He could soon come to an even better place on the list.