A clash of titans, scheduled on 28 October at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, will see Anthony Joshua duking it out with Carlos Takam to satisfy his mandatory defence as set by IBF.
After Anthony Joshua kept his boxing record clean and 100% knock out certified by defeating the legendary Wladimir Klitschko, many boxing fans asked what’s next for the young British boxer.
There was talk of a rematch with the Ukrainian fighter, but after Wladimir announced his retirement on social media on 3 August 2017, the IBF instantly ordered Joshua and Kubrat Pulev to fight next. The WBA on the other hand, declared that Anthony must make his mandatory defence against their top ranked fighter Luis Ortiz.
Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joushua’s promoter, stated that the plan going forward was to fight IBF’s mandatory challenger, followed by Ortiz and then a potential unification fight versus Deontay Wilder.
The Anthony vs Pulev bout is scheduled for the 28 October at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, with over 70.000 tickets sold in the first 8 hours, almost filling up the stadium’s 74.500 seats entirely.
The fight was getting ever closer until, on 16 October, rumours started circulating that the Bulgarian fighter suffered an injury, which could pull back the fight. The rumours soon proved to be true and it was revealed that Pulev’s injury was a pectoral muscle tear.
Anthony Joshua expressed anger in regards to Kubrat pulling out of the fight saying that he would never pull out of a fight because of a “nibble”. He also revealed that the fighter he asked for to replace Pulev was Dillian Whyte, stating that his two most memorable fight nights have been against White and Klitschko.
Hearn explained to him that such a scenario is unlikely and that the only way it could happen is if Takam, Christian Hammer and Jarrell Miller all decline a fight first.
The Cameroon-born Frenchman, Carlos Takam, after replacing Pulev will now be headlining one of the biggest fights of the year alongside Anthony Joshua. Takam is ranked No.3 in the IBF heavyweight rankings and accepted the fight on just 12 days notice.
Takam has marked an incredible career so far, ever since stepping into professional boxing at the age of 25. Nine years Joshua’s senior, the Frenchman has a record of 35 wins out of 39 fights, majority of which are knockouts. Having at one point had a 18-0 record, similar to the British fighter he’s set to face, he was undone by fellow Frenchman Gregory Tony before he began a five-year victorious streak.
Even though Carlos accepted the fight on a 12 days notice, Takam should have been preparing long before that. Ever since the Pulev fight was set in August, his camp was informed that they need to prepare in case something like what happened, does indeed happen. We should expect a fit Takam on the 28 October and an ever ready Anthony, which should provide boxing fans with a proper spectacle that is one of the biggest highlights in boxing of the year.
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