Joshua: It’s Not If, But When I KO Takam

Anthony Joshua still expects a relatively long fight against Cameroon’s Carlos Takam, even though he promises a knockout. Joshua realizes the man that replaced Kubrat Pulev is a tough opponent who will be able to take a lot of punishment when they fight at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Joshua praised Takam’s durability.

“He’ll become more durable because he’ll be in hostile territory. When you come into that type of environment, what have you got to lose? He’ll say, ‘I’ll give it my all.’ ”

An expected crowd of 75,000 plus is expected for the October 28th fight, most of which will be on the side of the defending champion. Joshua, the IBF/IBO/WBA heavyweight champion, has knocked out each of his 19 opponents since he turned pro in October 2013.

Takam, who replaced an injured Pulev last week, has been knocked out only once in 39 professional fights. The lone knockout came against former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in 2014, in Moscow.

Joshua has been asked by fans and friends about when he is going to stop his opponent.

“People have said, ‘Josh, what round? What round? I think we’re going for a 10-to-12-round fight because this guy’s head is like a block of cement.”

The 36-year-old Takam lost a 12-round unanimous decision to WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who defeated Takam 6½ months before he won the WBO belt in Manukau, New Zealand. The first defeat of Takam’s career was an eight-round unanimous decision to Gregory Tony in June 2009 in Le Cannet, France.

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