Frenchman Takam replaces Pulev for Joshua world title bout

Credit Lawrence Lustig

Credit Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Joshua's world title defence next week could be off after a reported injury to his opponent Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua's last fight was in April when he produced a stunning display to knock out Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

Anthony Joshua's title defense fight with Kubrat Pulev has been cancelled after the Bulgarian suffered what is believed to be a shoulder injury in training.

Pulev is now training at a sparring camp in Germany and it's claimed that he has damaged muscles in his right shoulder.

That leaves Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn with a massive headache just twelve days out until fight night at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, which has already sold 70,000 tickets.

"It's a hard position for AJ having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam".

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Takam had been on standby for the fight and is said to be overjoyed to be facing Joshua.

"It's a hard position for AJ".

Cameroonian-French Takam had been on standby to take on the Briton, who will defend his IBF world heavyweight title.

Bulgarian Pulev, who had been the mandatory challenger to the IBF and WBA champion, has been forced to pull out after hurting his shoulder while sparring.

"Having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam", Hearn said.

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