Takam in the media work out before the AJ clash.

Carlos Takam has earmarked his first title defence after Anthony Joshua

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Carlos Takam is already eyeing up his first title defence after he defeats Anthony Joshua on Saturday night in Cardiff.

The French-Cameroon fighter has declared his first opponent as a three-belt heavyweight champion, confident that he can overcome his underdog status at the Principality Stadium against Anthony Joshua.

Takam, who holds a 35-3-1 record, has already made moves for life after defeating AJ. He is the late replacement after IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev was forced to pull out owing to injury.

The 36-year-old has been written off by the majority of the boxing world, but remains confident in upsetting the odds.

Takam stated: “If I can do things differently to what other boxers have done against Joshua, I will have a chance to win by knockout.

“It will be just as important for me to work Joshua’s body as well as his head and my speed will be crucial, too.

“A lot of people have asked me if I see any weaknesses in Joshua’s style.

"All I can say is that we will on fight night. But I do know that he has a lot of quality.”

Takam, who is at long odds of around 12/1 with the bookmakers, fancies the challenge of taking on former heavyweight champion and AJ’s compatriot David Haye.

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“I have sparred David Haye in the past and it was very competitive sparring. It was very interesting.

“I believe that David will correct the mistakes he made in the first fight with [Tony] Bellew and he will win the rematch.

"You never know, maybe one day David and I will fight in a real match."

Takam will be hoping to add to his record that includes 27 knockout victories on Saturday.

Tony Bellew and David Haye Press Conference

However, in the past three years he has recorded a decision loss to Joseph Parker last year and a knockout defeat in 2014 to Alexander Povetkin.

It will be Takam’s first fight on British soil.

David Haye

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