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'AJ' undergoes a workout for the media in Cardiff before the big fight.

Frank Bruno believes Carlos Takam will be no match for Anthony Joshua

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Carlos Takam will be easy pickings for IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in their championship clash, according to Frank Bruno.

The Cameroon-born Frenchman will challenge 28-year-old Joshua for the IBF belt on Saturday night, at the near-75,000 capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

It was announced just two weeks ago he was replacing number one contender Kubrat Pulev, the Bulgarian who pulled out of the fight on medical grounds.

Being a former heavyweight world champion himself, Bruno is inclined to know what he is talking about, and believes that if focused, ‘AJ’ will make the contest no more than a procession.

"After the Klitschko fight, I don't think he (Joshua) wants to go in there to mess around,” said Bruno.

"And the guy (Takam) ain't going to go back, he is going to come forward, and AJ will probably go forward as well.

"It is who wants it more and I can see AJ walking through him. I can't see him giving AJ much problems, if AJ is up for it.

"It should be a good fight while it lasts."

Takam is up against it against Joshua, who is undefeated in professional bouts.

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On the other hand, the 36-year-old challenger has been defeated three times, including a knockout by Alexander Povetkin in 2014, before going all 12 rounds with current WBO world champion Joseph Parker last year.

Bruno has suggested two obvious fighters that would give Joshua a sterner test between the ropes, those being Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

Former world champion Fury is still without a license, the British Boxing Board of Control suspending his last October following a charge from the UK anti-doping agency.

He is, however, set to re-apply through the Republic of Ireland’s boxing union, and wants to return to the ring in 2018.

Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam Media Work Out

The big fight of the division in current terms, though, would surely be to square up with WBC champion Wilder.

The Bronze Bomber is currently 38-0 - 37 wins by way of knockout - and is set to defend his title against Canadian Bermane Stiverne next week.

Bruno knows the risk fighting Fury would pose Joshua, but admitted he would fancy the Watford-born fighter to defeat Wilder if the two met in the near future.

"Tyson Fury would give him a run for his money,” Bruno stated.

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“He's got a lot of bottle, he's not afraid.

"Deontay Wilder is not as polished as Joshua who works on his movements. Wilder is a wildcat, but he's a wildcat that can punch.

"But my money is on AJ - he's on his game and is very, very determined, very focused, very fit, and wants to get better all the time.

"He will mature, and has more to achieve and is on his game all the time."

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