BBN have provided all the details you need to tune in and watch Joe Joyce (12-0, 11KOs) take on teak-tough Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28KOs) on the 205th day of the year in an event presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
Everything you need to know below:
Saturday, July 24, which is the same day in history that 'The Treaty of Lausanne' was signed, concluding World War I.
It takes place at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London.
12 three-minute championship rounds at heavyweight (+200lbs).
Joyce's WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles are up for grabs.
UK fight fans can expect the main event fighters to make their ringwalks any time around 10pm (GMT), but boxing events are often subject to delays.
TV coverage begins at 7pm and goes right up to midnight - that's five hours of action!
The event will stream live and exclusively on BT Sport 1 - £25 per month subscripton fees.
You can live stream the Queensberry Promotions event online via BT Sport website or BT Sport app - available to download for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets.
BBN will be providing LIVE updates on the night, right HERE
There's British and Commonwealth championship action as welterweight ruler Chris Jenkins (22-3-3, 8KOs) defends his titles to unbeaten challenger Ekow Essuman (14-0, 5KOs), who earned his shot after winning the English title.
There will be a socially distanced audience in attendance in accordance with current government guidelines.
Everything you ever need to know about Joyce-Takam HERE
Joe Joyce: “I only want competitive fights but everyone wants to avoid me. Carlos Takam didn’t even want to spar me in Las Vegas, so I’m surprised he’s taken the fight. He has operated at a high level for a long time but on July 24th The Juggernaut will be activated… and I will run him over.”
Carlos Takam: “I am excited about my fight on July 24. Hey Joe, let's give the great boxing fans in the UK an exciting fight! Be ready because I am a problem.”
Frank Warren: “Joe cannot afford to slip up. He is in a tremendous position, but he has to be focused and we want to see an impressive performance from him. Everyone knows who Takam is. He really made AJ work when he came in as a late substitute and plenty of people believe the stoppage was slightly premature. Takam is coming with ambition and his recent record shows that the desire is there to succeed at the highest level. It is a good voluntary defence. Given Joe’s position with the WBO, he could have taken far easier options than this.”
Joe DeGuardia (Star Boxing Promoter of Carlos Takam): “Joyce-Takam is a significant and compelling heavyweight fight. Certainly, if Carlos wins it puts him in a position to take Joe Joyce’s #1 World ranking and eventual World Title shot, so Carlos is extremely anxious to capitalize on this opportunity.”
'Juggernaut' Joe Joyce consistently proves people wrong and has wrestled his way into an excellent position to be WBO #2, in touching distance of a world title fight with either Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua next.
Carlos Takam has also skyrocketed up the rankings recently by stringing together four fine victories since his back to back brace of defeats to Brits Anthony Joshua and Dereck Chisora. Takm has reached the WBC top 15 world rankings by beating Senad Gashi (TKO7); Craig Lewis (UD10); Fabio Maldonado (UD10); Jerry Forrest (UD10), who were 83-10 in combined records between them.
It took Alexander Povetkin and Anthony Joshua 10 rounds each to finally the halt the 250-pounder. The Frenchman, born in Cameroon and now residing in America, was winning the contest against Londoner Chisora until the Finchley fighter landing the right punch at the right time to stop him in his tracks in round eight.
Now aged 40, Putney's Joyce will be encouraged that three men before him have managed to stop the Frenchman, who was an Olympian in 2004. However, it took 28 rounds between them, so 35-year-old 'Juggernaut' will have to be patient and precise, just like he was in his last fight with Daniel Dubois, which he won in the 10th round.
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I think that Takam will present some early problems for Joyce, perhaps taking a few hits in the initial three or four rounds, but then I expect him to find his range and rhythm to begin to dominate the contest behind his ramrod jab and relentless punching. I'm quite sure that Joyce will stop Takam, despite how well the Frenchman has been performing lately. If there is a stoppage, I think it could come between rounds 8-10.”
Tale of the Tape
Height: 6’ 6”
Height: 6’ 1 ½”
Reach: 80 ½”
Joyce: WBC #5; IBF #10; WBO #2; IBO #5; BoxRec #13
Takam: WBC #14; IBO #28; BoxRec #24
Check back on July 23.
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4x3 Super-featherweight contest
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4x3 Heavyweight contest
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