Joshua-Takam means it’s Nigeria vs. Cameroon!
WBA & IBF World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has a new opponent for his October 28th title defense at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua (19-0, 19 KO’s) will now meet IBF #3 ranked contender Carlos Takam of Cameroon, who replaces original opponent Kubrat Pulev.
According to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn, Pulev suffered what was described as a “partial rupture of the thoracic muscle” nearly 10 days ago during a sparring session in training camp. Although there was initial hope that he would recover from the injury, an ultrasound today confirmed the severity of the tear, which will take at least a month to recover. In his place, Hearn has secured the services of Takam (35-3-1, 27 KO’s), who will attempt to pull off a major upset versus his fellow African.
This will be Takam’s third shot at a word title and he promises to make the most of it. The 36-year-old veteran has won his last two straight since dropping a decision to current WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Facing fierce 28-year-old Joshua, however, is another matter entirely.