Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Pulev out of Joshua fight through injury, replaced by Takam

Pulev out of Joshua fight through injury, replaced by Takam

With less than two weeks before his upcoming IBF heavyweight title challenge, Kubrat Pulev suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him from fighting Anthony Joshua on October 28.

Pulev only got the call to fight in August after Wladimir Klitschko retired rather than have a rematch with Joshua.

Promoter Eddie Hearn was initially not told about Pulev's injury but confirmed on Monday night that the Bulgarian would no longer be facing Joshua in the ring.

However, Pulev - the IBF's mandatory challenger - is not fit to participate in the bout, which was scheduled to take place in Cardiff on October 28, having strained muscles in a sparring session.

With Parker eventually going for and winning the WBO version of the title Pulev became the number one contender but his injury has led to Takam getting the title shot as the number three contender. "When I called them this evening, they were overjoyed and good to go".

"It's a hard position for "AJ" having prepared meticulously for the style and height of Pulev, he now faces a completely different style and challenge in Takam".

The venue is also committed to hosting the Wales rugby union team's autumn internationals on consecutive Saturdays from November 11 to December 2.

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