WHAT a difference six months makes. Back in April, Sky Sports and Matchroom managed to do the impossible and stage an event that the vast majority of boxing fans in the country were happy to pay for. Not only that, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko delivered the kind of epic encounter that left no one feeling short-changed.
Those heady days must feel like a lifetime ago for Sky’s Adam Smith and Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn who this week have been forced to withstand fierce criticism in the build-up to Joshua’s next outing. Saturday’s bout with Carlos Takam is perfectly adequate on paper, not to mention necessary as a consequence of the IBF’s mandatory rules, and will likely be watched in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium by 80,000 fans.