CARDIFF bought its first have a look at Carlos Takam final night time and was not precisely overwhelmed by Anthony Joshua’s stand-in opponent.
The French-based Cameroonian flew in from Paris for a public work-out in entrance of 1,400 curious struggle followers at Cardiff’s St David’s Corridor.
And he seemed each certainly one of his 36 years as he sweated via a 15-minute routine together with his coaching group.
At little greater than six ft in his naked ft, Takam is sort of as broad as he’s tall. He seems to be like he has been hit by a elevate and can battle to stay with Joshua’s superior attain on Saturday night time.
He has taken the struggle at lower than two weeks’ discover after obligatory challenger Kubrat Pulev pulled out with a chest damage final Monday.
But with a file of 35 wins in 39 skilled fights, together with 27 victories inside the gap, he insists he is able to shock the world by inflicting the primary defeat of Joshua’s profession.
“If I can do issues in a different way to what different boxers have accomplished towards Joshua, I’ll have an opportunity to win by knockout,” he insists.
“It is going to be simply as necessary for me to work Joshua’s physique in addition to his head and my velocity will probably be essential, too.
“Lots of people have requested me if I see any weaknesses in Joshua’s model. All I can say is that we are going to on struggle night time. However I do know that he has a whole lot of high quality.”
At present rated 19th within the heavyweight pecking order, there’s little in Takam’s file to recommend that he can take Joshua’s WBA and IBF belts in entrance of 80,000 folks at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
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He has already lost on points to WBO champion Joseph Parker and was stopped in ten rounds by the highly-regarded Russian Alexander Povetkin.
But he insists: “I’m not bothered about fighting in front of 80,000 people, the only people in the ring will be myself and Joshua, nothing else matters except the two athletes.
“When I lose a fight, I accept that I lost it and move on. I respect the decision of the judges against Parker but I try not to look at it as a defeat, just as more of a way to learn.
“I always ask myself what I could have done better in a fight and what was missing from my game.”
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