Joshua and Takam face-off during a news conference in Cardiff, Wales. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
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Takam, 36, was only drafted in at 12 days' notice after Joshua's original opponent Kubrat Pulev, of Bulgaria, pulled out with a shoulder injury. He has three defeats in a 39-fight record and this will be his first world-title fight.There could be more epic encounters next year, with Hearn hoping Joshua can box three times in 2018 with the aim being to win the other two world title belts held by New Zealand's Joseph Parker, the World Boxing Organization champion, and American Deontay Wilder, who defends his World Boxing Council crown against Haiti's Bermane Stiverne on Nov. 4 .One world title unification fight that could happen in the U.K. in 2018 would be against Parker, who made a second title defense against England's Hughie Fury on points last month.
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