Anthony Joshua: Time to put Wladimir Klitschko win aside vs. Carlos Takam

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Joshua took to the ring on Wednesday for the final open workout session at the St David's Hall in Cardiff and was greeted with ear-piercing cheers by a packed-out crowd.

A dignified handshake brought a close to the staredown and while there is mutual respect between the two heavyweights who will do battle in the centre of the Principality Stadium this weekend, that's not to say that they don't mean business.

"I'm not bothered about fighting in front of 80,000 people, the only people in the ring will be myself and Joshua, nothing else matters except the two athletes", said the 36-year-old challenger who is five inches shorter than Joshua.

"The fans are always going to be the winners in this division now because hungry guys are coming. Now I see people coming up to me and I give them a bit of my time to make their day".

Joshua's clash with Takam is part of a huge night of action in Cardiff where the 2012 London Olympic Gold medal man's bitter foe Dillian Whyte aims to take a giant step to his first World title shot by facing Robert Helenius for the WBC Silver strap.

"I received a call from Kalle Sauerland 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", said promoter Eddie Hearn.

Nigerians at Anthony Joshua's hometown believes when their son as he has threatened to target Carlos Takam's body as he plots to fight "in a phone box". "Whether I was fighting Kubrat Pulev or Carlos Takam, he's adapted me and it's been about my own balance, footwork and technique".

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"We're going to have to put the Klitschko win to the side at some stage", he said. "My mindset is different for this fight", Joshua added.

"Carlos is a completely different animal to Klitschko". In terms of style and technique it's completely different.

"Good luck to him, he's got a lot to learn still and he knows he's got a lot to learn".

"I used to go to all the amateur boxing shows when I was an amateur and you wanted the interaction with your role models". "I think our styles will create some real good fireworks".

'He trains and keeps himself fit all year round, but I was never going to just give up my IBF title, I've trained too hard. "We're labourers and entertainers". It should be a good fight while it lasts.

"When I heard the news about the fight I was already preparing for another fight, so I am ready", Takam, who boxed for Cameroon at the 2004 Olympics before moving to France to start his professional boxing career the following year.

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