Anthony Joshua replacement opponent for Kubrat Pulev, Carlos Takam, has come in for a mixed response from fight fans thus far.
Outside of hardcore boxing circles Frenchman Carlos Takam will be a relatively unknown. However for those who’ve followed his career, you’ll know he’s mixed in some decent class thus far.
But none of the likes of an Anthony Joshua to be fair.
Perhaps Alexander Povetkin and Joseph Parker being the two biggest names to date of Takam’s professional boxing tenure.
IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) champion Anthony Joshua will now be adjusting things as we speak as he completes the final hard yards of his training and sparring this week, before commencing the tapering off period about a week out from fight night on October 28th.
Takam must feel like he has won the heavyweight lotto for such a big fight at such late notice, becoming the IBF mandatory challenger literally over night following a shoulder injury forcing Kubrat Pulev to pull out.
Here’s how boxing fans have been reacting to the news thus far:
— Alex James (@Alex_James95) October 17, 2017
— Sam Khan (@blessedwithwork) October 17, 2017
Lost to Povetkin.
Lost to Parker.
Drew with Perez.
Fought once since May last year.
Chisora would beat him.#JoshuaTakam
— The Career CV (@TheCareerCV) October 17, 2017
No way would I have paid the prices to watch Takham!
— Jordan Woods (@JordanWoodsLS) October 17, 2017
— Lewis Coughlan (@ljc1927) October 17, 2017
How many times has Eddie used the IBF as justification for making terrible fights whilst charging PPV and high tkt prices?#JoshuaTakam
— Beyond The Ropes Pod (@BTR_PC) October 17, 2017
— Steven Paton (@SMP1888) October 17, 2017
So your telling me Joshua/Takam is still going to be a box office fight ??? #JoshuaTakam
— Mark Meehan (@markmeehan84) October 17, 2017
— AP (@ParkerStrings_) October 17, 2017
— Daniel Kilcoyne (@djkilcoyne) October 17, 2017