Joshua: Americans all talking about U.K. fighters

Unified WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) worked out in front of approximately 1,400 fans on Wednesday at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales, just three days before he squares off against Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) this Saturday. Joshua-Takam is the first of two consecutive heavyweight world bouts on SHOWTIME. Next Saturday, Nov. 4, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title in a rematch with Bermane Stiverne.

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“I think the UK has been sending a statement for a long time,” said Joshua. “It wasn’t so long ago that U.K. heavyweights or boxers weren’t getting a look. Now, all the Americans are talking about U.K. fighters. We’ve definitely been sending a statement over to the States for a long time.

“[Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder] can watch me a million times but it’s so different when you get in these ropes. When you get in here, you can watch somebody a million times, but it’s a different challenge when you face someone face-to-face.”

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