Takam: 80K Joshua Fans Don’t Pressure Me
Carlos Takam is very eager to get in the ring with IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua.
The heavyweight title fight takes place next Saturday night, October 28, at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in front of 80,000 fans. The fight will be Joshua’s first since capturing the WBA and IBO belts after stopping Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley in London.
Takam is coming in on less than two week’s notice, after mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev suffered a should injury and withdrew from the bout on Monday.
Last year Takam lost a very close twelve round decision to current WBO champion Joseph Parker. One year earlier, he was brutally knocked out by Alexander Povetkin in a fight for the WBC silver heavyweight title. It was the only knockout loss of Takam’s career.
Takam is walking into a very pro-Joshua crowd on the 28th, and doesn’t seem to be worried to have that kind of reaction from the audience.
“I don’t know if I’m excited stressed or confused but I’m definitely ready for the fight. It will be a proper fight.
“AJ is a good boxer who likes to box and I like opponents who like to come forward and throw punches. I like to get stuck in as well.
“I believe in myself. I never go into a fight thinking I might lose – I’m a winner, I like to win not to lose. I’m not scared, 80,000 fans means nothing to me. I’ve boxed in New Zealand, Canada, Russia [so] that won’t faze me. It’s about what happens in the ring. It’s about me and him.”