Forrest vs. Takam:
The summer of Top Rank Boxing from The Bubble inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas rolls on this Thursday night on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. ET.
As has become customary by now, this Top Rank Boxing card will take place without fans in the venue in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, along with ESPN boxing announcer Joe Tessitore calling the fights in-studio from ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters.
Analysts Mark Kriegel and Andre Ward will contribute to the telecasts from home, with Bernardo Osuna being the only ESPN staffer working the event on-site in Nevada.
In addition, the ring will be thoroughly sanitized in-between fights and all gloves worn by all fighters are treated as hazmat materials and will be discarded after each fight.
Highlighting the six-fight card on Thursday night is a 10-round contest in the Heavyweight ranks matching Jerry Forrest (26-3, 20 knockouts) with Carlos Takam (38-5-1, 28 knockouts.)
Heading into Thursday’s main event of the evening, Carlos Takam is the taller fighter, standing 6-foot-1 and a half inches, half an inch taller than Jerry Forrest’s 6-foot-1 frame.
How they got here:
Takam has gone 3-2 in his last five appearances, entering this main event on a three-fight winning streak.
Most recently, he defeated Fabio Maldonado on Feb. 28 via unanimous decision.
In the other corner, Forrest has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five fights.
Last time out, he scored a second-round knockout against Martez Williamson, just seven seconds into the round.
The Tale of the Tape:
Boxrec.com shows that Carlos Takam has a 2.5-inch reach advantage (80.5 inches to 78 inches) over Jerry Forrest heading into the main event.
Prediction: Jerry Forrest by decision.
Other fights on Thursday night’s card include:
Co-Main Event: Carlos Castro (25-0, 10 knockouts) vs. Cesar Juarez (25-8, 19 knockouts) [Super Bantamweight- 10 rounds at three minutes per round]
Hector Perez (7-2) vs. Jared Anderson (4-0) [Heavyweight- four rounds at three minutes per round]
Fred Wilson Jr. (6-0-2) vs. Ashton Sykes (3-3) [Middleweight- six rounds at three minutes per round]
Joshua Orta (2-2) vs. Joshafat Ortiz (7-0) [Junior Lightweight- six rounds at three minutes per round]
Peter Cortez (2-1) vs. Corey Champion (1-2) [Welterweight- four rounds at three minutes per round]