Boxing: Joshua Ready To Face Carlos Takam After Pulev’s Dramatic Pull Out
Heavyweight boxing puncher, Anthony Joshua will be ready to face Cameroonian-French boxer Carlos Takam next weekend despite the dramatic late change to his world heavyweight bout.
IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Joshua was set to take on Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28. But Pulev suffered a shoulder injury in sparring, forcing him to pull out of the fight with Cameroonian-French boxer Takam taking his place.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says the situation puts Joshua is a ‘difficult position’ as he now has to shift his focus to a ‘completely different’ fighter. But Hearn insists the 28-year-old superstar will be prepared next Saturday.
He said: “I received a call from [promoter] Kalle Sauerland late afternoon to inform me that Pulev had injured his shoulder and maybe ruled out of the fight – this was later confirmed by his doctor.
“IBF rules state that the mandatory will go to the next fighter in line which is Carlos Takam. When the Pulev fight was announced I made a deal with Takam’s team to begin camp and be on. When I called them (on Monday evening) they were overjoyed and good to go.
“It’s a difficult position for AJ having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam. This hasn’t happened in his career before but he is ready for all comers on October 28.”
Meanwhile, Joshua’s last fight was in April when he produced a stunning display to knock out Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.