THE biggest star in boxing descends on Cardiff. Against an unknown opponent, Carlos Takam (who replaced Kubrat Pulev at short notice), Anthony Joshua can still fill up a 78,000 seat arena. On Saturday (October 28) at the Principality stadium he defends his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
(Optimistically) 12 x three-minute rounds.
In the UK Sky Sports Box Office are broadcasting, cost £19.95. The undercard begins at 6pm. In the USA Showtime will screen the fight, 5pm ET/PT.
There are two other world title fights on the bill. Kal Yafai, a technical boxer as well as a heavy handed puncher, puts his WBA super-flyweight belt on the line against Japan’s towering Sho Ishida. Katie Taylor, a London 2012 Olympic gold medallist and major sporting star in Ireland, challenges for her first professional world title. WBA lightweight champion Anahi Sanchez failed to make weight but her title is still on the line for Taylor.
Brixton heavyweight Dillian Whyte fights Robert Helenius, Frank Buglioni boxes Craig Richards for the British light-heavyweight title and three 2016 Olympians, Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Cordina are also on the bill.