Carlos Takam has promised a surprise performance against Joe Joyce on Saturday night, claiming he is better suited to win the fight than Oleksandr Usyk.
The Cameroon-born heavyweight has previously been in the ring with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Derek Chisora, putting up spirited displays to survive until the late rounds with a gritty determination.
With a former world title challenge against Joshua under his belt, Takam believes he can cause real problems to ‘The Juggernaut’ due to his vast experience in the blue-ribbon division, and his comfort around being under-estimated.
“I am a more difficult fight for Joe than Usyk. Joe knows Usyk because they boxed before and Usyk knows Joe,” Takam said.
“I am a problem because Joe has never fought someone like Carlos Takam. How am I going to fight him? It’s a surprise.
“I have experience. He has never fought anybody with my experience. That’s why I say he hasn’t fought anyone like me.”
Joyce defeated Daniel Dubois in his last fight which secured him a place as one of the leading contenders at the top weight, but was ultimately left down the pecking order with Usyk set to challenge Joshua at his second fight in the division.
And Takam believes he has the ability to steal into the list for another world title shot, but believes it could be a firefight for a stoppage especially entering the later rounds of the contest.
“He is going to try and put me down, I am going to try and put him down. Whoever puts someone down first is the winner,” he added.
“I want to hurt him like he is going to want to hurt me. We are going to punch each other and I am ready for that fight.”
Despite the challenge of Takam to come, British heavyweight Joyce appears ready to draw on his own experience from his run at the Olympic Games in 2016 and his fight with Dubois to see him get to his ultimate goal of a fight with Joshua or Tyson Fury in the future.
And similarly to his opponent, the WBO international heavyweight champion is intent on a stoppage to produce yet another statement and aid his plea to Anthony Joshua for a clash before the undisputed title clash is back on track.
He said at BoxPark Wembley : “He’s got good head movement, experience… it’s going to be a different kind of fight than Dubois, a tougher fight. He’s got a good chin and he can bang.”
“I’ve got sparring tonight, another session later this week and then it’s all eyes on July 24th. Knock Carlos Takam out and then we can start thinking about Joshua at Wembley Stadium for real!”
Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Fury is set to face Wilder on October 9 after a Covid-19 breakout has caused a delay in the fight, with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn blaming on ‘poor ticket sales’.