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Eddie Hearn explains what will make Anthony Joshua vulnerable vs Carlos Takam

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Anthony Joshua will put his unbeaten record on the line once again when he faces Carlos Takam this weekend. 

The 28-year-old hasn't exactly had the easiest preparation for the fight in Cardiff, with Kubrat Pulev pulling out through injury with under a fortnight to go.

Nonetheless, if he beats the Frenchman, he can look forward to a massive 2018, a potential bout against Deontay Wilder on the cards. 

Given his extraordinary record of 19 knockouts in 19 fights, few boxing fans would bet against him dispensing with Takam with very little difficulty.

However, promoter Eddie Hearn has urged a word of caution, suggesting the last-minute change of opponent could make AJ vulnerable.

"British boxing has never seen anything like Joshua before in terms of draw and crowd sizes. He is a complete phenomenon," he told BBC Sport.

"It has happened very quickly for Joshua, 19 fights.

AJ could have one problem

"I think fans understand he is vulnerable. He is not the finished article and he loves to fight.

"He's been training for a 6ft 6in guy, now he has a 6ft 2in guy. He should get behind his jab, be smart and wait for openings. He won't. He's already said he will fight in a phone box and that's a danger."

Joshua, unsurprisingly, sounds much more confident, explaining via the same source:

"Rob [coach Rob McCracken] has never just trained me for one style of opponent," said Joshua.

Boxing at Wembley Stadium

"He has trained me to be the best me.

"Whether I was fighting Pulev, King Kong or Takam, he's trained me to be me - thinking about balance, footwork and hand positioning."

While ultimately, Joshua is expected to easily overcome Takam, who has never challenged for a recognised world title, it'll certainly be interesting to see whether he heeds Hearn's advice.

What's your prediction for Joshua vs Takam? Have your say in the comments. 

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