ANTHONY JOSHUA revealed he has sparred along with his COUSIN to arrange for heavyweight “fireworks” Carlos Takam.
Professional fighter Ben Ileyemi was the person that ultimately satisfied AJ to take his first step into boxing as a late starter at 18.
Their rumbles at Finchley & District Newbie Boxing Membership despatched Joshua on his method for a sell-out scrap at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday evening.
With authentic opponent Kubrat Pulev pulling out via damage, Takam stepped in at simply 12 days discover.
And AJ says he has been utilizing Ileyemi to get himself prepared for the hard-hitting Cameroonian in his 20th professional combat.
When requested if combating Takam as an alternative of Pulev could possibly be extra thrilling for followers, AJ replied: “In all probability.
“I’ve bought a cousin Benga who I spar with who’s constructed identical to Carlos.
“I wish to spar guys his dimension. I believe our kinds will create some actual good fireworks.
“Carlos is a totally totally different animal however I don’t know I’ll do no matter it takes.”
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“Providing me and Carlos perform well, and I have to win, then we’re both winners.
“Vladimir Klitschko didn’t become three-time champions but he walked out a winner. We’re in the business of providing good fights. Let’s rock and roll.”
‘Benga’ has not fought professionally since a draw against Danny Fleary at the ExCel Arena in 2013.
But Joshua has been sparring with the the heavyweight at his old boxing club to “keep it real”.
AJ added: “The privilege is here. I’m around hungry athletes so I’m just a reflection of all their hard work.
“I was training with the kids that are like 10 years old at my gym before this fight.
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“I used to go to all the boxing shows and I’d be asking for pictures and the guys would say ‘get out of the way.’
“Now it doesn’t take me more than an hour to make someone’s day. I spend as much time as possible with the fans.”
Takam, 36, admits the fight – which will be broadcast in over 60 countries – will be a life-changer.
He said: “It’s going to be a great fight that will change my life. But not from the person I am. I’m coming to win.”
Joshua v Takam betting: The expert’s view
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S mantra was “I don’t get paid overtime” when he breezed up the divisions.
And he can safely make plans for Saturday night knowing that his fight against Carlos Takam will not go the distance.
He will win but the question is: When?
I like AJ to win in rounds 7-9, which pays out at 5/1 with Sun Bets. WALLY DOWNES JR
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