When Anthony Joshua heard the news of Kubrat Pulev stepping out and Carlos Takam stepping in, he did not even flinch.
The third ranked IBF challenger from France is surely a different fighter than Pulev and a bit smaller, but October 28th will be business as usual for Joshua regardless.
“It’s interesting because we haven’t had Pulev clones coming in and training with these type of guys. My coach trains me to be the better me. Not so much to beat a certain style or certain sized opponent,” explained Joshua in an interview with Talk Sport.
The heavyweight champion studies his opponents with the use of video footage online and with Takam, it just a matter of typing in a different surname.
“I’ve been just watching Pulev for the last three months and as soon as the announcement was made, instead of just typing Pulev into the search engine, I’ve just typed in Takam,” Joshua continued.
Although Takam is not expected to give ‘AJ’ that much trouble, there are still adjustments to be made in Camp Joshua due to the size difference. Joshua has been fighting big and tall heavyweights for quite some time now, Takam will be a different challenge.
“Takam has been fighting guys my size for years. I fought Brezeale 6 foot 8, Molina 6 foot 5, Klitschko 6 foot 7, I was training for Pulev 6 foot 4, Now I’m fighting some geezer who is 5 foot 11 standing up and probably 5 foot 7 crouched down rolling with his shots. It’s a completely different ball game,” commented Joshua in an interview with IFL TV.