Joshua Expects Takam To Complete 12 Rounds

How Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko was almost derailed by a visit to a massage parlour

Anthony Joshua is back in the ring on Saturday night so if you want to watch it out and about, find the nearest Sky Sports venue showing it.

Now WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua says he too has gone into a fight with a broken back - when he beat Michael Sprott in November 2014.

But Dillian Whyte, who lasted seven rounds against bitter rival Joshua in December 2015 and will fight on the undercard this weekend, told Sky Sports News: "Takam isn't strong enough to cause him problems".

Takam has only been stopped once, by Alexander Povetkin, and took WBO champion Joseph Parker the distance a year ago. However, it was announced that Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) has replaced Pulev for the fight at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, which will be aired live on Showtime.

"Yes, he's frustrated he hasn't had more notice for this particular fight, but he says "you will see what I can do". "Touch wood, I don't think I'd ever pull out of a fight".

"Dillian, the same reason, it was just a buzz, everyone had a good time".

'If I look back and pick my memorable nights, Dillian would be one and Klitschko would be one.

Hearn said: "When I phoned him on Monday after the Pulev news, he said to me, 'What about Dillian?'"

It seemed like a logical reshuffle to have Whyte replace the injured Pulev but it was chose to go in a different direction and Takam got the fight.

"Eddie told me I had to go down one place in the IBF rankings to Takam so as to fulfil my mandatory defence", added Joshua.

'Out of my career there should be four or five memorable nights and we've already ticked off two'.

Whyte's fight against Helenius is for the WBC silver strap and Hearn hopes victory for the south Londoner will push him closer to a fight with champion Deontay Wilder.

Anthony Joshua is boxing's next big star.

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