Carlos Takam sends warning to Joe Joyce ahead of heavyweight clash

A participation medal won't cut it for Carlos Takam when he fights Joe Joyce this weekend.

Takam will hope to capture Joyce's WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles when they meet on July 24 at the Wembley Arena.

The Cameroonian-born Frenchman has won four straight fights since his back-to-back stoppage losses to Anthony Joshua and Dereck Chisora.

Meanwhile, 'The Juggernaut' Joyce maintained his undefeated record when he stopped Daniel Dubois with a late KO last November.

Despite the bookmakers having him as a big underdog, Takam sent a message to Joyce that he intends to cause an upset in the British heavyweight's hometown.

"Hey boy! What's up Joyce? I hope you are ready for this fight because I've come here to win," Takam said.

"On Saturday you won't beat me, I'm sorry. This is my time. This is Carlos Takam time and I'm going to beat your guy!

"I am a problem because Joe has never fought someone like Carlos Takam. How am I going to fight him? It’s a surprise.

“I have experience. He has never fought anybody with my experience. That’s why I say he hasn’t fought anyone like me.”

Joyce's promoter Frank Warren admitted that Takam, 40, will not be an easy fight for the former Olympian silver medalist Joyce. 'The Juggernaut' has just 12 professional fights under his belt, meanwhile Takam has racked up 45 during his lengthy career.

"He's a seasoned performer who comes to fight and you know that his and Joe's styles will make a fight," said Warren.

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"He will come at Joe and that will suit Joe, I think, and he will have to be at his best and he will have to do it better than the other guys did like Joshua and Chisora."

Warren also hopes Joyce can defend his titles against Takam to set up a fight against the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksander Usyk on September 25.

"That is how I look at it but, I repeat myself again, he has only had 12 fights and this is a big step up where a win will see him keep his mandatory position to fight the winner out of Joshua-Usyk taking place in September.

"They are big guys who will be throwing bombs at each other and Joe has got a good chin. Takam does come to fight, he throws shots and I can tell you from talking to his team, they fancy the job."

Elsewhere on the card, Slough's Hamzah Sheeraz will make the third defence of his WBO European title against Ezequiel Gurria.

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