By Marc Williams, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA expects another battle in his world title defence against Carlos Takam as the Cameroonian’s ‘head is a block of cement’.
Joshua will put his IBO, WBA 'super' and IBF heavyweight titles on the line against Takam in Cardiff on October 28.
Takam has been drafted in to replace the injured Kubrat Pulev but will likely prove to be an equally tough test for Joshua.
The British superstar produced a stunning display to knockout Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th-round at Wembley in April.
And Joshua believes he will have to wait until the later rounds again if he is to finish off Takam.
He told Sky Sports: “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.
"I've had some sparring partners that have been coming and trying to knock me out and I've had to dig in a bit and give them a few body shots back and so on.
"My inside game has definitely improved, so I think if we have to stand on the inside and start trading off, it will definitely be an entertaining fight for the people watching.
"People have said 'Joshua what round?' I think we're going for a 10 to 12 round here you know.
“This guy's head is like a block of cement."
Joshua also admits losing to Takam would put a major dent in his career.
He added: "In boxing, I think it's a sport that's unforgiving in the sense that, if Takam beat me that loss will stay on my record for a lifetime, that will always be in my legacy.
"It's not 'oh, he was a world champion and he done well for the sport of boxing’. No, no, no he was 19-1 - that's Anthony's legacy.
“I just don't want that blemish on my record right now."