Fractions of at least 1/50 on have been posted by the majority of bookmakers following the announcement of Kubrat Pulev’s withdrawal from his October 28 world title shot.
Looking at the revised Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam betting odds would seemingly give the new challenger virtually no chance of an upset as the pair get set to trade blows in front of 70,000 plus fans at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Takam was brought in as the next contender in line from the International Boxing Federation’s mandatory rankings and on the back of two knockout victories in his last two bouts.
The Cameroonian has battled a world champion before, although Joseph Parker wasn’t in possession of the WBO strap at the time, as the pair duked it out for twelve rounds in New Zealand with the home fighter coming out on top with the judges.
Betting numbers reflect the current form of Joshua though, and due to the fact that the 2012 Olympic gold medallist pulled off the greatest triumph of his career in April when stopping Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.
‘AJ’ saw his stock rise considerably, and despite being out on his feet in the sixth round, the Londoner is still recognized as a formidable world ruler, who can add coming back from adversity to his list of many talents.
Some UK fans wanted to see a rematch with Dillian Whyte on the Saturday week bill in Wales, although ‘The Villain’, who Joshua halted in seven rounds back in late 2015, was rated three places behind Takam and would have only been able to accept if Christian Hammer, Jarrell Miller and the 36 year-old would have refused.
It’s all set up for Joshua to put on a dominant display during his debut at the Welsh National Arena as the three-belt champion prepares for tougher tests in 2018 against the likes of Parker and WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder.