Joshua predicting fireworks in stylistic clash with Takam

Ruben Hill
October 27, 2017

Today, they meet for the penultimate time before the fight, with tomorrow's weigh-in set to be the last face-to-face before the main event.

Joshua's unprecedented drawing power for a British boxer fighting in the United Kingdom means a crowd of over 70,000 is expected at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff - best known for staging Wales rugby union internationals.

Headlining in Las Vegas has always been an ambition of Joshua's, although promoter Eddie Hearn would certainly want any Fury fight to take place at Wembley Stadium in order to fully maximize the event.

"We are going to have another war and wear our hearts on our sleeves on Saturday", Joshua said.

Carlos Takam stepped up for the fight at only 12 days notice.

He's not a man to back down from a challenge but one suspects Joshua will be happier back in the ring in Cardiff than he was on a cliff in Cornwall - unless of course Takam decides to come dressed as some sort of creepy crawly.

Takam has no doubt victory over Joshua would change his career and was unconcerned about being drafted in as a late replacement. "My mindset is different for this fight", Joshua added.

'He will respect me because of my fighting style'.

And the 28-year-old is predicting those in attendance will certainly get their money's worth. No matter if it's Carlos Takam, Kubrat Pulev or anyone else, he will do that on Saturday night again.

Takam, who lost on points to New Zealand's Joseph Parker a year ago before the New Zealander went on to win the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title, said he was ready to face Joshua despite the lack of notice.

It comes after boxing pundit Steve Bunce claimed Joshua was the most impressive fighter of his generation - but said the Watford man has one glaring weakness.

And Takam's promoter Christian Cherchi insisted his fighter was not just turning up for a big pay-day.

'I know it will be a great fight, this will change my life, but just in boxing, not my personality'. Anthony is the favourite to win so the pressure is on him. We are not, for once, just having a dig at Haye.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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