Pulev out of Joshua fight through injury, replaced by Takam

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2017

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title against Carlos Takam after Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev withdrew owing to a shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old will be putting his IBF and WBA titles on the line when he takes on Takam at Cardiff's Principality Stadium next Saturday - his first defence of the belts since May when he beat Wladimir Klitschko. "I've known him a long time and knew he wouldn't turn down this opportunity".

The London 2012 gold medallist held an open workout in Sheffield, showing off his training and speaking to the media.

More than 70,000 tickets have already been sold for Joshua's 20th professional fight.

Joshua said that he has kept an eye on Takam after the naturalised Frenchman waited for him at his hotel near the O2 Arena in London following his first successful world title defence against Dominic Breazeale in June past year.

Cameroon-born Takam is ranked third in the IBF rankings and Hearn believes Joshua will face a tough challenge against the 36-year-old.

Joshua is proud of his ideal professional record, with all 19 of his victories coming by knockout, and fears that Takam would damage his reputation permanently with a shock win at the Principality Stadium.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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