Joshua will now take on Carlos Takam instead.

first_imgPulev was due to challenge for Joshua’s IBF and WBA heavyweight world titles on October 28 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, but a damaged shoulder has seen the bout cancelled.Frenchman Takam, who is ranked No 3 by the IBF, on Monday night finalised a deal to step in at late notice. The 36-year-old has lost three of his 39 fights.“I received a call late afternoon to inform me that Pulev had injured his shoulder and 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 standby 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,” Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said.last_img