“Joe Joyce, I am ready for you, and I am a problem.”
Former world title challenger Carlos Takam has arrived in the UK and is ready to end the Brit’s world title aspirations on July 24.
The veteran heavyweight, who will be having his fourth professional bout on British soil, arrived on Friday and fired warning shots to the unbeaten Joyce who is currently the number two contender with the WBO.
A win for Joyce at Wembley Arena in 11 days time will solidify his position as the man to take on the winner of the proposed September clash between WBO champion Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. ‘The Juggernaut’ has vowed to run over Takam who laughed at such a prospect.
“He said he is going to run me over? I say good luck and I will see you on 24th July! I don’t think he is experienced enough to take out someone like me and this is going to be a big fight for him,” said Takam when speaking to Queensberry Promotions Dev Sahni.
“I don’t want to say it is a small fight or an easy fight because every fight I treat the same. I am here because I am prepared and ready for this fight and I am coming to win. Everybody says he is a tough guy, so I am here and ready for that.”
Takam also had a few words for Joyce’s manager, the colourful Sam Jones who says he has had one eye on the Frenchman’s spars in Las Vegas.
“Really! He said that? So, he’s been seeing my sparring – what the hell! That is good but, for me, I am not going to speak about what they say. I don’t care what a manager says about me because I am just focused for the fight.
“The only thing I want to say is ‘let’s do the job on 24th July. I am ready for then. Joe Joyce, I am coming’.”
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