CARLOS TAKAM says Joe Joyce will be wishing he’s back in the ring with Oleksandr Usyk when he starts landing bombs.
Cocky Carlos leapt at the chance to challenge for Joyce’s WBO International, WBC Silver and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles at SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday July 24, live on BT Sport.
Joyce had been sweating on a date with Oleksandr Usyk, but that fell through when Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua never materialised.
Joyce did fight Usyk in the WSB in 2013 losing on points and Takam told him: “I am a more difficult fight for Joe than Usyk.
“Joe knows Usyk because they boxed before and Usyk knows Joe.
“I am a problem because Joe has never fought someone like Carlos Takam. How am I going to fight him? It’s a surprise.
“I have experience. He has never fought anybody with my experience. That’s why I say he hasn’t fought anyone like me.”
Both Joyce and Takam are explosive punchers, and the French star predicts that it will be over with the first knockdown.
“He is going to try and put me down, I am going to try and put him down. Whoever puts someone down first is the winner,” he added.
“I want to hurt him like he is going to want to hurt me. We are going to punch each other and I am ready for that fight.