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Joshua: There are Still People Who Doubt, Want Me To Lose

Unified Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua worked out for the media on Tuesday in Sheffield, England, as the undefeated British sensation continues preparation for his showdown against IBF mandatory challenger Carlos Takam on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIME from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

“This is a must-win for myself and for Carlos Takam,” Joshua told Sky Sports, which will present the fight in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Box Office.  “As much as my supporters want to see me win, there are still a few people who doubt me and want me to lose and disrupt our plan. They don’t want to see the cream rise to the top.”

Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) is not taking Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) lightly, and said he feels added pressure taking on a new opponent on short notice as Takam replaces the injured Kubrat Pulev.

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“Twenty wins, 20 knockouts ain’t bad, but boxing’s unforgiving.  So don’t ask me what you do for your 21st fight,” Joshua said. “I can’t afford to lose, and I don’t want to lose.

“Boxing is a sport that’s unforgiving in a sense that if Takam beats me, that loss will stay on my record for a lifetime. That will always be my legacy. It will not be, ‘Oh, he was a world champion, and he did well for the sport of boxing.’ No, no, no, no no. It would be, ‘He’s 19-1.’ That’s the new legacy and I just don’t want that blemish on my record right now.

“I’ve known about Carlos Takam for a long time and he’s a very, very well-rounded fighter.  He’s been moving his way up the IBF rankings, so I’ve always had my eye on him anyway.

“I think Eddie did a great job to have someone in place in case these mishaps happen.  And when I heard the news I was fighting Takam, of all people, he’s a very strong, game fighter.  This is his chance to kind of shock the world.

"Takam is already as tough as they come.  He's so tough. He just keeps on walking forward, and that's disheartening for a fighter.

"When I'm in there with him, it will be interesting to see how game and ready he is, and what fire he is ready to go through.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Majic on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=theface07;18144987]Why? Because he's a success story? Because he's a nice guy and a genuine role model? Because he rose from nothing and became the champ in under 20 pro bouts and with a limited amateur career? Because he's the biggest…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-19-2017

I never understand why you'd want to see somebody lose unless he's going up against a fighter your a fan of. I don't think Josh himself is scared of facing Wilder he just says that he will fight in his…

Comment by khizon on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=Virgil Caine;18144964]Likewise, if he wins it shrinks 1to0. Which is what it will do. I don't know if I'd bet on a Takam homerun shot in these circumstances, but I'm not much of a gambler, either.[/QUOTE] Wanna bet on it?…

Comment by Jkp on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=theface07;18144987]Why? Because he's a success story? Because he's a nice guy and a genuine role model? Because he rose from nothing and became the champ in under 20 pro bouts and with a limited amateur career? Because he's the biggest…

Comment by Virgil Caine on 10-18-2017

[QUOTE=Clubber Pac;18145118]It's not that we want you to lose AJ, it's that you have made soft statement after soft statement when the fans started demanding you fight the biggest threat in the division. "I am going to lose eventually "…

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