Kubrat Pulev injured, Carlos Takam to face Anthony Joshua

By Patrick L. Stumberg

Takam was on standby in case Pulev pulled out.

Well, this sucks.

IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has suffered a shoulder injury less than two weeks before his title shot against Anthony Joshua. As a result, Joshua will instead face Carlos Takam, the next man down on the sanctioning body’s rankings.

Update.. Kubrat Pulev has a shoulder injury and is out. IBF install IBF No.3 Carlos Takam as mandatory..deal done to fight AJ on October 28

— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 16, 2017

Hearn reportedly had a deal with Takam to be on standby when the Pulev fight was first signed, so he’s had time to prepare

Takam (35-3-1, 27 KO) is 2-0 over rancid competition since losing a competitive decision to Joseph Parker in May of 2016. He’s a capable heavyweight by any definition, but he is a full eight years older and more than four inches shorter than Joshua.

He’s tricky, though, I’ll give him that.

And yes, before you ask, this is still a pay-per-view.

Source:: Bad Left Hook