Anthony Joshua can cap off a fine year in December by walking away with the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award on the back of what is predicted to be an explosive victory over Carlos Takam.
Joshua is 1/50 on to defeat replacement Takam (drafted in when Kubrat Pulev pulled out through injury), and according to the Betway Insider, is nailed on to add the SPOTY gong to his haul two months later.
This year’s ceremony takes place in Liverpool on December 17, the same night Joshua’s rivals David Haye and Tony Bellew battle it out in a rematch of their first meeting back in March.
‘AJ’ is up against Tour de France legend Chris Froome and F1 star Lewis Hamilton in the running, but after dismantling Wladimir Klitschko last April at Wembley, the 28-year- old is the hot favorite to become only the fifth fighter to take the prize.
A Joshua win would also only be the fifth time a non-Olympic competing athlete has won the award during the 16 years the Games have featured in the months prior to the BBC’s biggest sporting night.
Firstly, Joshua has to take care of business and avoid any slip-ups against Takam, although Betway’s Alan Alger is sure a double is on the cards for the likeable Londoner whatever the outcome this month.
“AJ is a very solid shot to be crowned this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and it looks unlikely that Takam will put a spanner in the works,” said Alger.
“Even if Takam springs a surprise, it’s likely AJ would still remain favourite. The public won’t be forgetting his monumental victory over Wladimir Klitschko too quickly, and it’s that bout that cemented his place as SPOTY favourite.”
Boxing’s BBC SPOTY winners:
Henry Cooper (1967 & 1970)
One of only four people – Andy Murray, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill, to receive the award more than once.
Barry McGuigan (1985)
Winning the world featherweight title against Eusebio Pedrosa
Lennox Lewis (1999)
Following victory over Evander Holyfield to become undisputed heavyweight champion
Joe Calzaghe (2007)
After becoming undisputed at super-middleweight