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Anthony Joshua discussed Carlos Takam after he fought Joseph Parker in 2016

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Before the huge encounter with Wladimir Klitschko, and to a lesser extent, Eric Molina and Dominic Breazeale, Anthony Joshua gave his thoughts on Joseph Parker's relatively tame efforts to dispatch Carlos Takam during their June 2016 bout.

"Styles make fights, Takam is tough but I just think he should've knocked out Takam. You know how I roll," Joshua exclaimed back in 2016.

Well, over a year after this judgement from AJ, the 28-year-old will be looking to do what he advised Parker to do, and knock out cold the Cameroonian-French heavyweight.

As a result of Kubrat Pulev's shoulder injury during camp, Carlos Takam will now step up to the plate at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28 to do battle with arguably the most prized asset in British boxing at the moment, Anthony Joshua.

Most believe Joshua's comments in 2016 were made just to stir the pot between a potential feud with New Zealand native Joseph Parker, however, his observations and criticism were seemingly not intended to cause disrespect.

"Hand on my heart, I'm not even disrespecting anyone's talents ... but me? You're asking me? Yeah man, I would be disappointed.

"Even if it was a bad performance, even if I had a cold or had a broken hand, over 12 rounds, I still expect to knock him out because it's just the way we're built, I think.

"I don't know, that's just the way I've been built, it's just a different mentality so, yeah I'd like to go in and know I'm going to cause some damage."

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Press Conference

Despite not knocking him out, Parker did obtain the win over Takam, something that Joshua will be expected to do also when they meet next Saturday.

Although, when Joshua does go to war with the 36-year-old Takam, he will be looking to put to the canvas a man who has only been knocked out once in his 39 fight career, back in 2014, meaning Joshua may have to bide his time with his latest challenger, who is very respectably ranked fourth in the latest IBF rankings.

It will be incredibly interesting to see if Joshua can heed his own advice when dealing with the troublesome counterpuncher Carlos Takam, an opponent who he will have only trained to fight for 11 days, and one in which will most likely have no fear and a nothing to lose attitude, which has caused many an upset in boxing history before.

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