The experienced voice of Boxing that is Colonel Bob Sheridan is calling for a Joseph Parker victory tomorrow at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, but it will not be easy.
“This is a tough fight for Joseph. I call it his Graduation day, he has come from being a prospective fighter for the heavy weight belt of the world to being a real contender if he wins this fight.”
Sheridan points to Takam’s experience in the big arena as a threat to Parker.
“Takam has a lot of experience. He has been in the ring with some real boxers. This is Joseph’s first time in this arena. So it is going to be a tough fight for Joseph.”
Sheridan points to the fact that Takam’s two loses in his 36 fights should actually be only one loss. His second loss came recently against Russian Alexander Povertkin who has now tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. In which case, Takam would have won that too.
“You wonder if his (Takam) loss is because of Povertkin taking an enhancing chemical. If that’s the case then Takam could be more dangerous.
The Colonel is not surprised by the favourable odds for Parker.
“A lot of that money is coming out of London and the fact there are hopes and dreams for a Parker / Anthony Joshua match up.”
The other factor he says is people betting on the fight are more familiar with Parker than Takam.
“Parker has been better promoted and the networks in the United States are all aware of Joseph which has a lot to do with the betting favour.”
When pressed for his pick for the fight, the Colonel did not hesitate to offer his view for a Parker victory.
“I’m a big fan of Joseph Parker. I think he can do it.”
He is hoping to discuss strategy with Kevin Barry, Parker’s trainer, before the fight. Sheridan believes there is an easy way for Parker to win the fight.
“I can see where Joseph can make this an easy fight for himself. I can see him knocking out Takam.”