Christian Cherchi has reacted to client Carlos Takam getting Anthony Joshua fight

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Having a contingency plan is always advisable, especially in a sport as physically demanding as Boxing.

Eddie Hearn has had to deal with many challenging situations during his career as a boxing promoter and had another one on his hands when the upcoming opponent for Anthony Joshua pulled out with an injury.

Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev was due to fight Joshua in Cardiff in less than two weeks, but a torn pectoral muscle put pay to the hopes of the 36-year-old IBF mandatory challenger, who has an impressive record of 26-1 (13 by KO).

One fighter's disappointment is another fighter's opportunity and so it has proven for Cameroon-born fighter Carlos Takam.

World Boxing News reported that Hearn met with Christian Cherchi, the Italian promoter of Takam in September and put the fighter on the reserve list, should anything happen with Pulev.

Cherchi said: “In early September I met Eddie Hearn, and we spoke about this fight and that we would be happy to put Carlos Takam as the reserve for October 28.

"Of course it was a surprise to hear Kubrat Pulev was injured yesterday and to receive the call from Eddie for the fight, but we were very happy to face Anthony Joshua in Cardiff because Carlos will have a big chance on a very big stage.

"Carlos has always been training and is ready for the opportunity.”

Joseph Parker v Carlos Takam Weigh In

While the 36-year-old who has an overall record of 35-3-1 is the big underdog against the powerhouse that is Joshua (19-0, all by K.O), Cherchi believes his fighter is not without a chance.

He added: "I honestly think Carlos will have his chance to cause an upset against Joshua. Carlos is ranked so high for a reason."


Following the retirement of Wladimir Klitschko, Cherchi is ranked number three in the IBF rankings and has won his last two fights by knockout against Marcin Rekowski and Ivica Bacurin.

His most recent defeat came against current WBO world champion Joseph Parker in a unanimous decision in New Zealand last May.

So while Joshua will be heavily expected to secure a 20th professional career win, in the other corner will be a fighter looking to make the most of an incredible opportunity.

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