World champion Joshua will now face Takam in Cardiff on October 28
Joshua v Takam Live! Undefeated British superstar & heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua ‘AJ’ (19-0, 19 KOs) defends his title against challenger Cameroonian-French Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) after his scheduled opponent Kubrat Pulev, right, pulled out with a shoulder injury. Live from the 80,000 seat Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua returns to the ring following his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in April where the Brit added the WBA strap to his IBF belt in an enthralling contest with the future hall-of-fame legend, climbing off the canvas to record an 19th straight KO win in front of a record-breaking crowd in London. Takam is a boxer and former WBC silver heavyweight champion. As an amateur, he represented Cameroon in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics. Takam took current WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, the distance in New Zealand last year but says he will not be overawed by the occasion when he fights in Britain for the first time in his career.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming match.
Event: International Boxing
Date: Saturday 28, October 2017.
Time: Still to be confirmed, but the main event is expected to start approximately 10 pm. Begins at 1 p.m. ET.
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Matchmaker: Neil Bowers, Paul Ready
How to watch and live stream Joshua v Takam live fight? Not only this fight – UK SKY Box Office, USA Showtime, Panama Cable Onda Sports will coverage or broadcast full fight with undercard. The broadcast begins at 1 p.m. ET. Joshua and Takam are expected to enter the ring around 6 p.m. ET. The fight is available via Sky Box Office and available online on the SkyGo app. A massive crowd is expected to be on hand in Cardiff, Wales for the match. You can book the fight on Sky’s website. It costs £19.95, or €24.95 in the Republic of Ireland.
Joshua v Takam fight card:
*Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam for Joshua’s IBF/WBA/IBO Heavyweight Titles.
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
*Ishida v Yafai live boxing for WBA World Super Flyweight Title.
Super Flyweight titleholder Khalid Yafai (22 0 0) will fight against Sho Ishida (24 0 0) in this fight undercard.
*Helenius v Whyte live boxing for vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Title.
Heavyweight titleholder Dillian Whyte (21 1 0) will fight against Robert Helenius (25 1 0) in this fight undercard.
*Allen v Thomas live boxing for Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Title.
Heavyweight titleholder Lenroy Thomas(21 4 0) will fight against David Allen (12 3 1) in this fight undercard.
*Johnson v Buglioni live boxing for Commonwealth (British Empire) Light Heavyweight & BBBofC British Light Heavyweight Title.
Light heavyweight titleholder Frank Buglioni (20 2 1) will fight against Callum Johnson (16 0 0) in this fight undercard.
*Taylor v Sanchez live boxing for WBA World Female Lightweight Title.
Lightweight titleholder Anahi Esther Sanchez (17 2 0) will fight against Katie Taylor (6 0 0) in this fight undercard.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) October 19, 2017
London Boy, Joshua has never lost a fight winning 19 out of 19 matches in his young career. But the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion believe Takam is a worthy opponent.‘Takam is already as tough as they come,’ said the Olympic gold medallist. ‘He’s so tough. He just keeps on walking forward and that’s disheartening for a fighter. ‘Honestly, this is a more dangerous fight than Pulev would have been. ‘Takam weighs 22 stones. He’s a better all-around fighter and I’ve been preparing to box someone totally different. ‘Takam is incredibly durable and will be harder to knock out, but when Pulev got hurt the other day there were only two answers to the situation. We could cancel the show, which would have been a disaster for everyone. Or we carry on.’
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) October 21, 2017
Takam lost to Joseph Parker in their WBO heavyweight title bout in New Zealand last year. Despite that loss, Joshua knows he will have to be at his best to claim another victory next Saturday. He said: “Takam is already as tough as they come. He’s so tough. He just keeps on walking forward and that’s disheartening for a fighter. “When I’m in there with him, it will be interesting to see how a game and ready he is, and what fire he is ready to go through. “People have said ‘Joshua what round?’ I think we’re going for a 10 to 12 round here you know. This guy’s head is like a block of cement.”