ANTHONY JOSHUA has been warned to not let his massive ambitions be derailed by unfancied stand-in Carlos Takam this weekend.
World heavyweight champion Joshua is broadly anticipated to take pleasure in a simple win over French contender Takam in Cardiff.
Takam solely stepped in at brief discover when the IBF’s necessary challenger Kubrat Pulev pulled out injured initially of final week.
However Joshua’s skilled coach Rob McCracken insists this will probably be no cake-walk for the undefeated Brit bidding to grow to be the primary undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.
Former British middleweight champ McCracken was in Carl Froch’s nook when he virtually misplaced his super-middleweight crown to George Groves 4 years in the past.
But he’s adamant that Joshua is not going to repeat these errors and is getting ready for Saturday’s battle with complete dedication.
McCracken mentioned: “Carl was in direction of the latter finish of his profession and wasn’t overly pleased about dealing with a compulsory challenger from the UK for his world title.
“He was cussed in camp and will have ready higher for the battle as a result of Groves proved himself to be a tricky fighter.
“However Carl had been a professional for greater than ten years when he was grumbling and there’s none of that with AJ as a result of he has been a professional for barely 4 years.
“He’s nonetheless comparatively inexperienced on the highest degree and nonetheless has a bit to be taught.
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“What really excites him is the opportunity to improve and defend his titles against all challengers.
“He knows how difficult boxing is. It’s a tough sport and you can’t under-estimate anybody.
“It’s not an ideal situation to have a change of opponent so late in the day after preparing for Pulev for the past two months.
“Takam is busy, he’s a good fighter with decent power and he’s pretty dangerous. So Josh has to take him deadly seriously.”
Cameroon-born Takam, 36, has already lost to WBO champ Joseph Parker and the highly-rated Alexander Povetkin in his 39-fight career.
But McCracken added: “He has only been stopped once and that was in the tenth round of an absolute war with Povetkin, who is a very dangerous fighter.
“Takam is not someone who is easily subdued. He comes into the ring confident he can beat anybody and pull off an upset.
“He obviously believes in himself or he wouldn’t have gone to Russia or New Zealand to fight Povetkin and Parker in their own back yards.”
McCracken also believes the fact that Joshua is more than five inches taller than his opponent could cause him unexpected problems this weekend.
He said: “Josh hasn’t faced anyone this short since he beat Denis Bakhtov three years ago when everyone said he should be fighting someone his own size.
“He has been doing that ever since and now he has to fight someone who’s a bit shorter again.
“Takam is used to fighting taller opponents. Everyone he faces is probably taller than him.
“He’ll come in low, he’s got a half-decent jab and he’s very busy with a lot of hooks.
“I’m sure he will give everything and be confident. None of them have anything to lose when they get to this position to fight for the world heavyweight championship.
“But AJ is in great shape and is looking forward to defending his titles on Saturday night.
“He seems to take everything in his stride and I can hear him laughing around the place, so he must be happy.
“He enjoys training and thrives on the challenge and the competition. That’s just the way he is.
“He’s a bit different to the average person in the street, but that’s why he’s the world heavyweight champion.”
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