Joshua Ready for War against Takam in Cardiff

Ruben Hill
October 27, 2017

His replacement is 36-year-old Carlos Takam, who was the next mandatory fighter in line with the IBF following Pulev's pullout. Providing I stay disciplined in my sport, you'll hear of me for the next 10 years, and I'll definitely progress as a person, and that's what it's about.

'When people come to watch me they know they are going to see a bit of blood, a knockout and respect after and that's what people want and that's what we will give'.

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.

Unbeaten prospect Lawrence hopes to erase the memory of a disappointing night at Wembley in April when Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko.

"I received a call from 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", said promoter Eddie Hearn. "This young man has transcended boxing".

"That was then and this is now".

Joshua has lethal power and a superhuman physique, but in the middle rounds against Klitschko his stamina waned to the point where he appeared too gassed to continue. "Joshua and Wilder have very different styles", he said.

KweseTv has stormed the Nigeria-home town of Joshua for a live broadcast of the fight.

Since Takam and Nigerian born Anthony Joshua's bout has been fixed both countries have been taken sides. He has toiled in the shadows as a professional but is regarded as a hard-jawed, solid-hitting opponent at that level just below elite. "Whether I was fighting Kubrat Pulev or Carlos Takam, he's adapted me and it's been about my own balance, footwork and technique". I can't keep punching straight if a fighter is on my chest, so I need to work on my inside game and stand in a phone box.

"This will change my life of course".

Anthony Joshua is ready to "go to war" with Carlos Takam and is turning his attention away from knock-out blows to punishing body shots.

"Sometimes late notice means less pressure".

A quick win over Takam would serve him well as he looks forward to putting together the kind of high-profile bouts that will turn him into a global superstar. The Cuban's arms got heavier and heavier as the fight went on, and he didn't seem to have his usual snap or speed.

"We haven't just come for the opportunity, we've come to win", he added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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