American heavyweight Jerry Forrest was supposed to fight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller on Thursday night in Las Vegas, but after Miller tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Top Rank summoned Carlos Takam as a late replacement. Now Takam vs. Forrest headlines a seven-fight card starting at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Conference Center. Takam (38-5-1, 28 KOs) got a title shot in 2018 against Anthony Joshua, acquitting himself well until a 10th-round stoppage, and has won three fights in a row.
Forrest (26-3, 20 KOs) is coming off a second-round knockout win over Martez Williamson last September, the first fight following Forrest's controversial loss to the undefeated Jermaine Franklin. Takam is a -165 favorite (risk $165 to win $100) in the latest Takam vs. Forrest odds from William Hill, with the American getting +140 (risk $100 to win $140) as the underdog. Before making any Takam vs. Forrest picks, see the latest Top Rank boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D'Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what's going on inside and outside the ring. Kahn manages nearly 10 percent of Top Rank's fighters and can be seen and heard weekly as co-host of "The Fight Guys" show on FITE TV.
Not surprisingly, Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is a stunning 10-0 on his SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, including a 3-0 sweep in the last week to extend his highly-profitable run.
Last year, Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, a massive 22-1 long shot bet. "Based on everything Wilder has expressed leading up to the fight and his true dislike and beef with Breazeale, expect Wilder to come out and try to get rid of him early to make a statement," Kahn told readers. The result: Wilder ended it at the 2:17 mark with a violent one-punch knockout, and everyone who followed Kahn's advice cashed huge.
Now, with Thursday's Top Rank boxing card fast approaching, Kahn has studied Takam vs. Forrest from every angle, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released a highly confident pick. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Takam vs. Forrest preview
Takam lives in the Las Vegas area and had been training the past few months, so he shouldn't be too rusty despite not getting the call until about 10 days ago. Since his loss to Joshua, Takam has faced three lower-level opponents, beating them all.
Many observers believe Forrest deserved better than the split-decision loss he suffered to Franklin, a much-hyped prospect who's now 20-0.
"Look for Forrest, who has the ability to land power shots, to swing for the fences and try to stop Takam with one big blow," Kahn told SportsLine. "He's not going to outbox Takam."
Forrest is seven years younger than Takam and has been preparing for this nationally televised showcase a lot longer than Takam has.
How to make Takam vs. Forrest picks
For Thursday's Top Rank card, Kahn has released a highly confident pick on Takam vs. Forrest. In fact, Kahn says, the line is way off. You can see which way Kahn believes the line is skewed, as well as his pick, here.
Who wins Takam vs. Forrest? And what was the oddsmakers' mistake? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn's best bet for Thursday, all from the fight game manager who's 10-0 on boxing picks since the sport returned, and find out.