Hearn reveals AJ approach

21 October 2017 04:36:32 EST

Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua has been working hard on his weight to ensure he has speed on his side against Carlos Takam.

AJ defends his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles next Saturday against Cameroonian-French fighter Takam, who has stepped in after mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev pulled out through injury.

The challenger is smaller than some of his contemporaries in the division and will certainly pose a different challenge to what Joshua and his camp will have been expecting from Pulev.

You're going to see him extra fast, with extra spite.

Eddie Hearn

Takam's relatively diminutive stature means he can get inside his opponents and unleash his powerful left hook, a rare feature in the heavyweight division due to many of the current crop being giants in both stature and ability.

However, Hearn says his fighter has been working hard on his weight to ensure he is as sharp as possible.

While he needed to beef up to take on Wladimir Klitschko, the 28-year-old can afford to be slighter at the Principality Stadium when he aims to make it 20 straight wins in the pro ranks.

Hearn has estimated that his fighter could head to Cardiff a stone lighter than when he met Klitschko, something he believes will make him even more dangerous.

"Josh is hitting very hard," Hearn told Sky Sports. "You're going to see him come in lighter in this fight.

"I think he could be 10 pounds, even a stone lighter than he was in the Klitschko fight.

"You're going to see him extra fast, with extra spite. As far as I'm concerned the most exciting fighter in world boxing, ready to do the business next Saturday."

Joshua is 1/18 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification and 11/1 to earn victory by Decision or Technical Decision.

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