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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Joshua And Takam Weigh In

Unified Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua tipped the scales at a career-high 254 pounds and IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam measured 235 ½ pounds for their heavyweight showdown tomorrow night on Showtime in the US and Sky PPV in the UK.


The Showtime telecast begins live at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT from sold-out Principality Stadium in Cardiff where an estimated 78,000 fans will converge for the largest indoor event in boxing history.


Joshua, who went past the 10th round for the first time with a sensational knockout of Wladimir Klitschko on April 29, promised conditioning wasn’t an issue.


“I’ve been doing a lot more running. Maybe I’m starting to fill out as I get older and I’m starting to find my natural weight,” Joshua said. “Who knows what it is. I definitely feel a lot fitter than I have in previous fights.”


The referee for Saturday’s contest is Phil Edwards and the judges scoring ringside are Michael Alexander (England), Pawel Kardyni (Poland) and Ron McNair (New York).


If Joshua’s previous 19 bouts are any indication, the judges might not be necessary.


“I’m not going to say I’m going to knock him out and smash him up and all these types of things,” said Joshua, who has knocked out all of his professional opponents en route to unifying the heavyweight division. “But that’s what I have to do.”



Running order


17:05 | 6 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest


(Hackney)                               (Manchester)


Followed by


6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest

JOSHUA BUATSI            v           SAIDOU SALL

(Croydon)                                    (France)


Followed by


18:05 | 12 x 3 mins British Light-Heavyweight Championship

FRANK BUGLIONI 12st 6 ½ lbs      v    CRAIG RICHARDS 12st 5lbs

(Winchmore Hill)                                            (Crystal Palace)


Followed by


12 x 3 mins WBA Super-Flyweight Championship

KAL YAFAI 8st 2 ½ lbs        v              SHO ISHIDA 8st 2 ½ lbs

(Birmingham)                                 (Osaka, Japan)


Followed by


10 x 2 mins WBA Lightweight World Championship

ANAHI SANCHEZ 9st 10lbs*          v              KATIE TAYLOR 9st 8 ½ lbs

(Argentina)                                                  (Bray)


*Sanchez failed to make the weight – the WBA World Lightweight title is vacant tomorrow night and only Taylor can win the belt.


Followed by


12 x 3 mins WBC Silver Heavyweight Championship

DILLIAN WHYTE 17st 9 ½ lbs       v             ROBERT HELENIUS 17st 10 ½ lbs

(Brixton)                                                     (Finland)


Followed by


12 x 3 mins IBF, WBA & IBO Heavyweight Championship

ANTHONY JOSHUA 18st 2lbs    v   CARLOS TAKAM 16st 11 ½ lbs

(Watford)                                           (France)



FLOAT | 8 x 3 mins Lightweight contest

JOE CORDINA 9st 8 ½ lbs       v            LESTER CANTILLANO 9st 6lbs

(Cardiff)                                                               (Barcelona)



FLOAT | 6 x 3 Heavyweight contest

DAVE ALLEN               v          SCOTT SAWARD

(Conisborough)                     (Erith)


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