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Anthony Joshua Now To Face Carlos Takam, As Kubrat Pulev Withdraws

Anthony Joshua Now To Face Carlos Takam, As Kubrat Pulev Withdraws

Anthony Joshua will face the France based Cameroonian Carlos Takam, on the 28th of October after his Mandatory Challenger Kubrat Pulev pulled out of the fight with a right shoulder injury which he got during training.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to make a replacement, and Carlos Takam took it with happiness as it will show him out against a crowd of 75,000 and a chance to sweep away two World titles from Anthony Joshua.

"I received a call from (Pulev promoter) Kalle Sauerland late (Monday) afternoon (United Kingdom time) to inform me that Pulev had injured his shoulder and may be ruled out of the fight," Hearn said. "This was later confirmed by his doctor. IBF rules state that the mandatory will go to the next fighter in line which is Carlos Takam.

"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 Oct. 28."

The IBF and WBA heavyweight World champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), since winning the IBF heavyweight belt from Charles Martin back in 2016 has defended his belt thrice among which he sent Wladimir Klitschko to retirement with an eleventh round Stoppage.

The fight against Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs), 36 would have been one of the biggest fights Anthony Joshua has been in of recent, with his withdrawn opponent losing just ones in his professional career to Joshua's previous opponent Wladimir Klitschko.

Kubrat Pulev had won five fights in a row since, including a decision against British contender Derek Chisora and a third-round destruction of faded former world titleholder Samuel Peter to ascend to the mandatory position.

Carlos Takam fighting from France is also on a two fight winning streak since losing to Joseph Parker back in 2016 via unanimous decision.
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