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Anthony Joshua has revealed the opponent he wanted to fight instead of Carlos Takam

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If the topic of conversation is boxing, the name Anthony Joshua is likely to crop up at some stage.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor might have competed in a ridiculously over-hyped pay-per-view event but in terms of real boxing, they don't come much bigger than the British fighter's bouts at the moment.

The 2012 Olympic champion had been scheduled to fight Bulgarian brute Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on October 28 but sadly, he had to pull out due to a pectoral injury.

As soon as the news was announced, a replacement was drafted in, with Frenchman Carlos Takam now Joshua's new foe in the Welsh capital.

It's a fight that Joshua is expected to win, particularly after defeating a much more difficult opponent last time out in Wladimir Klitschko.

Pulev was the mandatory challenger for Joshua according to the WBA and the reason he had to turn to Takam was because he was the next man on their list.

But, was it the fight he wanted? No, it certainly wasn't.

JOSHUA WANTED SOMEONE DIFFERENT

That's because Joshua was itching for a rematch with his old rival; Dillian Whyte.

“Whyte’s the first person I asked to fight in Cardiff,” said Joshua. “Because the two people who brought the best out of me entertainment-wise were Dillian Whyte and Wladimir Klitschko.

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“With Klitschko, I was buzzing for a rematch because of the type of fight it was, it was great.

“And, with Dillian, the same reason – it was just a buzz, ­everyone benefits, everyone has a good time.

“If I look back and pick my ­memorable nights, Dillian would be one and Klitschko would be one.

“Out of my career there should be four or five memorable nights and we’ve already ticked off two.”

EDDIE HEARN HAD HIS SAY

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Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn had a view on the matter, saying: “Anthony said to me, ‘What about Dillian?’.

"I said, ‘The only way we can fight ­Dillian is if Takam says, ‘No’, Christian Hammer says, ‘No’, and Jarrell Miller says, ‘No’. ­Dillian is next, so you have to wait and see’.”

You may remember Joshua's brawl against Whyte last time out, the first time in his professional career that he was hurt by an opponent.

Eventually, he defeated his nemesis, but it was true test of his credentials. Sadly, Takam is unlikely to offer a test as difficult as Whyte did.

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