There are a few days to go before 80,000 boxing enthusiasts fill up the principality stadium in Cardiff to watch the heavyweight champion of the world’s bout.
Anthony Joshua’s opponent Kubrat Pulev has been confirmed injured last night, so Carlos Takam has been drafted as a stand-in replacement.
Let’s get to know the man billed to strip off the WBA and IBF belts from Joshua, and his capabilities.
If a fighter is unable to feature in a boxing bout, the next fighter in line is given the mandate to take up the unavailable fighter’s spot.
Takam is a French fighter of Cameroonian extraction. He featured in the Olympics in the year 2004 for France before becoming a professional fighter.
The Nigerian-British Anthony Joshua’s height surpasses the fighter with only a few inches. The fighter has featured in 39 bouts, winning 35 fights at the age of 36.
His recent bout in June ended in the second round after stopping Ivica Bacurin.
Takam lost a fight last year to New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in May.
However, the boxing bout was unanimously ended by the officials who declared Joseph Parker as the winner after the tie had dragged on for hours.
Joshua said he made a deal with Takam’s team after learning of Pulev’s injury. He said from all indications, Takam’s team is rearing to go.
Can Carlos Takam come out victorious against Joshua?
Bookmakers have previously selected Joshua as the favorite against Pulev, now that he is up against a low placed Takam, he is the odds-on favorite to secure a victory at Cardiff.
In a first for his career, Joshua is in danger of being upstaged by Takam. He had previously prepared to face Pulev’s fighting style and height, but with Takam’s challenge, he faces an uphill battle.