Carlos Takam has earmarked his first title defence after Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua says he has the mindset of a challenger ahead of his world heavyweight title defence against Carlos Takam on Saturday.

In April at Wembley, Joshua came of age as a heavyweight star, when he stopped Wladimir Klitschko in round 11, producing a lifetime best performance.

Takam, who holds a 35-3-1 record, has already made moves for life after defeating AJ.

Joshua vs. Takam is the first of two consecutive heavyweight world bouts on SHOWTIME.

"It will be just as important for me to work Joshua's body as well as his head and my speed will be crucial, too. Whether I was fighting Kubrat Pulev or Carlos Takam, he's adapted me and it's been about my own balance, footwork and technique".

It comes after boxing pundit Steve Bunce claimed Joshua was the most impressive fighter of his generation - but said the Watford man has one glaring weakness.

'I know it will be a great fight, this will change my life, but just in boxing, not my personality'.

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Takam, who is at long odds of around 12/1 with the bookmakers, fancies the challenge of taking on former heavyweight champion and AJ's compatriot David Haye. It was very interesting.

'I met Anthony before and I told him that we will have a fight, the time is here and I am ready.

Allen hopes the Thomas fight will be rescheduled for the undercard of Tony Bellew's rematch with David Haye at The O2 on December 17, but must first overcome 24-year-old Saward, who has won all three of his professional fights.

Takam will be hoping to add to his record that includes 27 knockout victories on Saturday.

He's tough - only a top form Alexander Povetkin has stopped him - and he pushed current WBO Joseph Parker all the way to a close points loss in May previous year.

Fans of Joshua who can't, or don't, wish to splash out close to 20 of the Queen's finest to see their hero in action can still get a glimpse of the man, albeit in less familiar surroundings, as he embarks on a bit of back to natureness with King of the foragers Bear Grylls, one of the few men who could start a campfire armed only with a damp hamster.

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