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Anthony Joshua to face Frenchman Carlos Takam as Pulev pulls out with injury

Joshua and Pulev were due to fight in October. Credit: PA

Anthony Joshua will face Carlos Takam in his world heavyweight defence in Cardiff after Kubrat Pulev pulled out with an injury.

Pulev was due to fight Joshua in Cardiff's Principality Stadium on October 28.

A shoulder injury forced the Bulgarian to pull out. He is mandatory challenger to the IBF and WBA champion.

Frenchman Takam, 36, will replace him, meaning Pulev faces a lengthy wait to fight Joshua after also losing his status as mandatory challenger with the IBF.

Now Anthony Joshua has less than two weeks to adjust to his new opponent.

I received a call from (Pulev's promoter) Kalle Sauerland late (on Monday) afternoon to inform me that Pulev had injured his shoulder and was maybe ruled out of the fight.

This was later confirmed by his doctor. IBF rules state that the mandatory will go to the next fighter in line which is Carlos Takam.

When the Pulev fight was announced I made a deal with Takam's team to begin camp and be on stand-by for this fight. When I called them this evening they were overjoyed and good to go.

It's a difficult position for 'AJ' having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam. This hasn't happened in his career before but he is ready for all comers on October 28.

– Eddie Hearn, Promoter