Joshua will be lighter for Takam clash

Anthony Joshua could be a stone lighter for his world title clash against Carlos Takam than he was for his heavyweight showdown against Wladimir Klitschko.

WBA and IBF champion Joshua will face Takam in Cardiff on October 28 after original opponent Kubrat Pulev pulled out through injury.

The British fighter weighed in at a career high of 17st 12lbs for his April showdown against Klitschko, yet promoter Eddie Hearn expects him to be significantly lighter against Takam.

But Hearn believes that will work in Joshua’s favour for an encounter that he expects to be explosive.

“You’re going to see him come in lighter in this fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“I think he could be 10 pounds, even a stone lighter than he was in the Klitschko fight.

“You’re going to see him extra fast, with extra spite. As far as I’m concerned the most exciting fighter in world boxing, ready to do the business next Saturday.

“He knows about Takam and I think when he’s started to analyse it, he was quite excited, because I think he felt the Pulev fight would be quite fiddly, whereas Josh likes to have a tear-up.

“I think you are going to get that against Takam because he’s going to come out and he’s going to let his hands go.”