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29 Octubre 2017, 04:44 | Crisanna Felipe

Anthony Joshua weigh-in: career heaviest for the heavyweight champ

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"I'm watching him carefully because I think what I see on these videos, he'll come 20 percent, 30 percent more game, because this is his chance to kind of shock the world".

Anthony "AJ" Joshua, who holds the WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles, is defending both belts again in Cardiff on Saturday, October 28, against the lightly-regarded Frenchman, Carlos Takam, who was knocked out by Russia's Alexander Povetkin in 2014.

Heads clashed nastily in the second round as the bullish Takam lunged forward recklessly to leave Joshua with a badly bloodied nose, although this stung the champion into action as he unleashed a clubbing left hook. It's the "I was there" moment. Most weekends when he is not engaging in unarmed combat against rival giants he joins family and friends in playing the board game Risk, a personal reminder that there is no reward without danger in his brutal business.

Only victory would ensure his name is in the hat for a potential blockbuster bout with Joshua next summer - a fight that almost every British boxing fan would love to see.

Hastily announced retirements and swift retractions have also been a regular feature, but as things stand, Fury intends to return to the ring in 2018. The referee quickly stepped in to stop the fight even though Takam was still dodging punches and had his hands up.

In the fourth, Takam suffered a nasty cut by the right eye from a big right by Joshua which caused him problems instantly with his vision due to the blood.

He said on Friday, the idea of unifying the title was a "great challenge". 'I wanted his autograph and would have gone so far as to ask him if he would give it to me on one of his gloves.

But now the time for talk is over, as the fight is underway. "This is championship fighting and imagine it broke and I couldn't breathe and he started catching up in the later rounds, it would have been a disaster so I had to keep my cool".

Five inches taller than his and more than two stone heavier (18st 2lb compared to 16st 11.5lb) but he made a cautious start to the scheduled 12 round world decider. AJ towered over the 6ft 1in Takam, who crouched even lower as if to minimise Joshua's target further.

"I've been grafting and the weight alone tells a story, I've been working hard", said Whyte, who came in at 17st 9 1/2lbs, some 13 lighter than when he flattened Malcolm Tann in August.

"With the free sport channel, basketball fans can glue to our 24/7 coverage from the new NBA season which tipped off recently".

Joshua went on the offensive in the fourth briefly trapping his opponent in the corner but not landing any really damaging shots.

However, he does expect Takam to give it a good go early doors.

Anthony Joshua's power just too much for Takam, but the stoppage seems a little harsh. "I'll go see some good doctors to go crack it back in place and then we will continue with training".

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