Joshua Reacts To Takam Replacing Pulev
Following a shoulder injury sustained in training camp, Kubrat Pulev has been forced to pull out of his heavyweight title clash with Anthony Joshua set for October 28th
This was to be Joshua’s first fight since defending the IBF and claiming the WBA and IBO heavyweight titles when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko this past April in London. And while Pulev (the mandatory IBF challenger) is injured, Matchroom boxing found a replacement in Carlos Takam.
Matchoom Boxing head, Eddie Hearn explained that Takam had been training for the fight in anticipation that Pulev could pull out.
“When the Pulev fight was announced I made a deal with Takam’s team to begin camp and be on standby for this fight. When I called them this evening they were overjoyed and good to go.”
“It’s a difficult position for AJ having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam – this hasn’t happened in his career before but he is ready for all comers on October 28.”
The champion claims that the change of opponent will not be a problem, and that he is still motivated and hungry win. Joshua also explained that this training camp was more centered on sharpening up his skills than preparing for Pulev’s particular style.
“What I’ve always noticed with my coach is that he trains me to be the better me, not so much to beat a certain style or a certain opponent.”
“All it is is that I’ve been watching Pulev for the last 12 weeks/three months, and as soon as the announcement was made instead of typing Pulev into the search engines I was typing in Takam. That’s all that’s changed.”
“Inevitably I know he’s tough, but I’ve got to know his strengths and weaknesses. I’ve still got to do the same things as the same job is still at hand – and that is to get the win.”