Can Carlos Takam shock the world and upset Anthony Joshua on October 28?
It's currently being reported by several major periodicals that reigning IBF and WBA Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) will be facing a different opponent on October 28, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
After suffering a potentially debilitating injury during his final preparations to face the popular, 28 year old fighter, perennial contender and title challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) was scratched from the main event of the evening and replaced with the IBF's next available mandatory challenger, which is the always cagey and awkward Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs).
The 80K fans expected to fill the world renowned football facility could be treated to a more interesting match-up should Takam be available for the last minute assignment.
The sudden turn of events is reminiscent of Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko in June of 2003, in which the British champion was slated to face Canadian contender Kirk Johnson, and the older Klitschko brother was scheduled to square off against Cedric Boswell on the event undercard at the Staples Center.
But because Johnson had to bow out of the match-up due to suffering a torn rotator cuff just two weeks before the event, fight fans in Los Angeles were treated to an A+ superfight between the two best Heavyweights in boxing. The result was an all-action, memorable Super Heavyweight slugfest that is still talked about today.
Will British fight fans be treated to a comparable war against a legitimate contender like Takam?
Although the native of Cameroon is indeed a worthy opponent and gives everyone he faces some degree of difficulty, the crafty 6'2" boxer/puncher was brutally knocked out by former champ Alexander Povetkin in 2014, and was most recently outpointed by current WBO titlist Joseph Parker last May.
More than likely, the tough competitor and visiting fighter will not make it to the final bell on October 28.
Takam doesn't have the power, size, speed or range to keep a physically gifted and imposing fighter like A.J. off of him for twelve hard rounds. But because Joshua has been preparing for a southpaw counter-puncher like Pulev, don't be surprised if the reigning champion has some issues with the always game contender from Central Africa in the early to mid rounds.
The event is still slated to take place on October 28, with a televised presentation by Sky Sports Box Office.