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Who is Carlos Takam? Anthony Joshua’s next opponent replacing injured Kubrat Pulev, and who else has he fought?

CARLOS TAKAM has been drafted in to face Anthony Joshua in Cardiff after the Brit’s initial opponent Kubrat Pulev withdrew with injury.

According to Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, Takam was on standby as a replacement opponent as soon as the world champion’s fight was announced.


Carlos Takam has stepped in to replace Kubrat Pulev
Carlos Takam has stepped in to replace Kubrat Pulev against Anthony Joshua
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And with less than two week’s notice, Takam has stepped up after Pulev pulled out of the bout on October 28 due to a shoulder injury.

Who is Carlos Takam?

Carlos Takam is a 36-year-old French-Cameroonian professional boxer.

The boxer currently boasts a record of 35 wins, three defeats and one draw.

The heavy handed orthodox, who is 6ft 5in tall with a reach of 80.5in has won 27 of his via knockout.

Takam has been a professional boxer for 12 years and is very experienced in the ring.

Throughout his career Takam has boxed mostly in France and is now set for his first bout in UK against Joshua.

Before turning pro, he represented France in the Olympics in 2004 in the super-heavyweight division but lost in the round of 16.

Carlos Takam has won 35 of his 39 professional fights
Carlos Takam has won 35 of his 39 professional fights

Who has he previously faced?

He has previously knocked out Britain’s Michael Sprott in five rounds in France in 2015.

In his last fight, Takam beat Marcin Rekowski for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title in four rounds.

Last year he faced current WBO world champion Joseph Parker and lost to New Zealand star on points in Aukland, similarly how Hughie Fury recently lost to Parker in Manchester.

Carlos Takam lost on points to WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker
Carlos Takam lost on points to WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker
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Why is Carlos Takam eligible for a world-title shot?

Takam is ranked as the No 3 contender by the IBF and as previously mentioned was lined up as back up when Joshua vs Pulev was announced.

Despite being a stand-in opponent, Joshua is already the huge favourite with a perfect record, winning all of his 19 fights via knockout.

Update.. Kubrat Pulev has a shoulder injury and is out. IBF install IBF No.3 Carlos Takam as mandatory..deal done to fight AJ on October 28

— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 16, 2017

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When is Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam?

Anthony Joshua will take on Carlos Takam on October 28, after the IBF declared that he had to face the mandatory challenger, who was previously Pulev, before December 2 or lose the belt.

The fight will take place at the Principality Stadium, better known as the Millennium Stadium.

What TV channel is Joshua vs Takam on?

The fight will be live on Sky Sports Box Office.