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Why Anthony Joshua thinks there is a big problem with boxing fans

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Over the past few weeks, much of the boxing world has been looking forward to the latest instalment of Anthony Joshua's fighting career.

The heavyweight champion of the world is still unbeaten in his professional career and was all set to take on Bulgarian brute Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on October 28.

However, Pulev had to pull out of the fight due to an injury, leaving Joshua very frustrated after missing out on a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, with the Ukrainian deciding to retire and let the British fighter find a new opponent.

Now, the fight has been re-arranged, with Joshua set to take on Frenchman Carlos Takam, a man who has already lost three times during his 39 bouts.

Joshua is as short as 1/50 with some bookies to win, with a unification fight against Deontay Wilder predicted for the near future.

The Brit is the biggest fighter in the world at the moment and is set to bank at least £15m from the Takam fight.

However, Joshua is not entirely happy with the sport at the moment and he has pinpointed one area which has really gone downhill; the fans.

That's right, those who cheer him on are not exactly in his good books and he explained why during an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

When asked whether he felt boxing had an issue, he said: “No. I don’t think it’s boxing, I think it is some of the people that attend.

“You’ve got to go back, people used to come to boxing in suits.

“It was a very respected sport. People used to come and bring their wives in suits – it was a real elegant night out.

“But people now have a few too many drinks and it’s just that you can’t control yourself.

“I guarantee you, it was a Saturday night – they got into a scrap – and on Sunday morning they woke up, they will probably regret what they did on Saturday.

“It’s just in the moment, they lose themselves.

“You can take those people to different sporting arenas and they might do the same thing.

“The question is how you pinpoint these people and keep them out. I don’t know.

“It’s a shame for the people that aren’t there for those reasons that get caught up in those things.

“I’ve heard there have been some tragedies that have happened over the weekend and it’s just pinpointing the people.

“Boxing will forever live on but it’s just how do you pinpoint the people that are causing the problem.”

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