Anthony Joshua isn’t expected to experience much trouble against Carlos Takam in Cardiff this evening.
The 28-year-old is 1/33 on - and as short as 1/50 on with the bookmakers - to see off the Cameroonian-French boxer, who stepped in at short notice after Kubrat Pulev pulled out of the fight through injury earlier this month.
However, Takam looked in decent shape at the weigh-in and believes he has a chance - however small - of stunning the world by knocking out his star opponent.
“The British public know great when they see it. The British are fair play,” the 36-year-old was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail this week. “I have a chance to knock out Anthony. If I do it, my life in boxing will change big but it will not change who I am.”
Takam has only fought one British fighter in his career so far. That was against Michael Sprott back in 2015 - a fight he won thanks to a fifth-round knockout.
Haye: Takam's qualities
However, it turns out he’s also sparred against another, more high-profile, Brit before.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, David Haye has revealed what he learned about Takam during their sparring sessions.
Listen up, AJ,
"I used Takam for sparring on a number of occasions,” Haye said. "He was always very strong and had a very good work-rate. He’s not a big puncher, but he has a good chin.”
Haye: Why I expect Takam to lose
However, Haye believes the lack of time Takam has had to prepare to the fight means Joshua should have a reasonably comfortable night in store.
"If he had 12 weeks' preparation, he could have asked a few questions of Joshua,” Haye added. “At two weeks' notice, there is only so much he can do.
"Even if you’re on stand-by, it's not the same. You can’t replicate the work and the mind-set until you actually know what you are going to be doing. Then suddenly you are fighting for the heavyweight championship.
"But whenever Takam has had to step up, he has fallen short."
Will Takam cause AJ problems tonight?
Haye seems convinced, then, that Takam will lose tonight. But the fact he works hard and has a good chin means he could cause AJ one or two problems at the Principality Stadium.
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