Champion Joshua 'in no rush' to fight in United States

Anthony Joshua set for 'harder' opponent in Carlos Takam

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Watford-born boxer said: "Honestly, this is a more unsafe fight than Pulev would have been".

Anthony Joshua is set to defend both his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, with 70,000 tickets already booked up for the event.

"It wasn't easy for me to make that decision", Pulev said.

"But we have to look at the positive in that we still have a lively opponent".

Pulev has 25 wins to his name, 13 of them knockouts, and one defeat.

He continues: 'But besides all that, if there's anything I can do to help support and help him get back in ring, I would do because we need people like him it brings out the best in the sport, it brings eyes to the sport and it benefits everyone.

"I'm not saying that Takam is going to beat me, I'm saying Takam is not going to come in and lie down in the first round. This is his golden ticket to shock the world".

So did he wonder about the legitimacy of the injury when he heard the news just 11 days before their money-spinning clash?

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"I'm still more thirsty for this battle, and I think it's only a matter of time", Pulev added.

"It was after the Breazeale fight".

"He had the disappointment of the Wladimir Klitschko rematch [which didn't come to fruition], then Pulev falling through. he was a bit pissed off to be honest with you", Hearn told iFL TV.

Anthony Joshua says he does not want the "blemish" of getting defeated by Carlos Takam, his next opponent. I've got to prepare for someone who is going to be throwing hooks over my jabs. He's a big unit, 22 stone.

Rather than call off the card altogether, Takam, now ranked at number three by the IBF, subsequently got the call to step in and Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn confirmed that the Cameroonian-French veteran had been on standby since the Pulev fight was first announced.

"These fighters are now watching me, so Takam will definitely know my strengths and weaknesses".

"I think Eddie did a great job in the sense of having someone in place, in case these type of mishaps happen, but when I heard I was fighting Takam, I thought: 'Of all people, this guy from Africa, very strong, game fighter'".

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