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Anthony Joshua : Takam Late Switch Made The Fight Difficult

Anthony Joshua : Takam Late Switch Made The Fight Difficult
30/10/2017

Anthony Joshua defeats Carlos Takam

Anthony Joshua has admitted that his late switch from Pulev to Takam contributed to things being tough in his IBF title defense on Saturday, making him struggle in getting that explosive knockout he usually achieves against a his opponents.

The 36 year old Carlos Takam was dominated in most of the Bout but kept things competitive through out, held Joshua out till the10th round against the previously little-known Frenchman, and to significant dissatisfaction.

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Anthony Joshua was faced with a very impressive Carlos Takam, who was out to make sure Joshua at some point he could knock out Joshua despite dominated in most of the fight. He took Joshua's heavy blows like it was nothing and even when the fight  was stopped, protested the Stoppage.

The champion confirmed, the change in opponent on short notice actually contributed to his Below Par show against Takem "Against Pulev, I'd have been able to have been a little bit more effective.
"Takam went down in the fourth; maybe Pulev wouldn't have made it through the fourth.

"Takam was shorter, he knows how to ride that right hand; that's what made it interesting with the change of opponent. He deals with guys like me every day in the gym; he's naturally got a shorter style, and I don't deal with guys like Takam every day.

"It was just going to be a little bit more difficult but with him, certain mistakes I could have been making five fights ago I'm not going to make any more against someone like him. All they want to do is land one shot; he knows his durability so wants to stay in the ring for 10 rounds, 11 rounds, and try and land that one sweet haymaker.

"I have to go back to 2014 to think of guys I've sparred who are like Takam; I'm sparring big guys every other week, because there's not so many short heavyweights."

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