Carlos Takam to Joe Joyce: “I’m Not Here To Joke!”

Carlos Takam Ready For Joe Joyce

Carlos Takam does the slicing his throat motion; Joe Joyce looks on at the media.
Carlos Takam (left) and Joe Joyce

Carlos Takam Vows To Outshine Joe Joyce!

In his next assignment, heavyweight Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) is well aware he is not the favorite. At least, he understands that he is not widely thought of as the favorite. Instead he is being brought in as the wily veteran to add a few more wrinkles to Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce’s (12-0, 11 KO’s) bag of tricks. If adhering to the script, Takam is supposed to supply some quality rounds before being stopped or outpointed.

The Cameroonian is well aware of the would-be story line. However he has no intention of remaining in character.

At the ripe age of 40, the deck is certainly stacked against Takam. Yet, he chooses not to focus on his age but rather his experience. During his numerous adventures in the ring he has dueled with Tony Thompson, Joseph Parker, Dereck Chisora, Alexander Povetkin and unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to highlight a few. Even now with a year of inactivity, he is ranked #14 by the WBC. Armed with his wealth of experience and buoyed by his superb fitness, he believes he has more than enough to defeat Joyce.


In a recent interview with PEP Talk UK Takam delved into more detail about his thoughts on his upcoming fight.

“I am definitely ready for that fight. I had good sparring in the US and I had good sparring here, I’m ready! My last sparring was yesterday and I sparred ten rounds. I was so happy and so excited, I said, ‘let’s go in the water, let’s go fight!’”

“It’s going to be good, I’m really excited. So I’m going to do a good thing. I’m not here to joke, no way! I’m not here to joke. I’m going to take that fight. That will be my fight.”


At the moment Takam is on a four fight win streak since suffering his last loss to Dereck Chisora in 2018. Despite this success, Joyce is still the main attraction in their dust-up. The Juggernaut is undefeated, ranked #2 (WBO), #5 (IBF) and #10 (WBC). He will also be coming off his tenth round stoppage of the talented Daniel Dubois.

Sure Takam is taking this into account, but still believes in his own chances to be the first to mar Joyce’s unblemished record

“People are going to see what happens. I don’t like to speak, I’m not the kind of guy that is going to speak it, ‘yeah I’m going to put you down,’ no! I’m going to let my actions speak for me. That’s how I am going to do!”

By: Bakari Simpson

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