Nigerian-born British boxing champion of the world, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua wants to enroll Carlos Takam as his sparring partner, in order to polish his skills for his looming heavyweight unification title clash with Joseph Parker.
Boxing purists note that it is an unusual situation given that Takam was Joshua’s last victim, and got beaten by TKO after 10 rugged rounds in October.
However, Joshua is eager to up the intensity of his sparring work for the fight with Parker in Cardiff on March 31 where he puts his IBF and WBA belts on the line along with the Kiwi’s WBO title.
Incidentally, Takam, between Joshua and Parker, is the one common foe the two fighters share over their unbeaten professional careers.
Parker had also earlier won a 12-round unanimous points decision against Takam in 2016, a result that signaled the Kiwi fighter’s claim as a world title contender.
The unexpected late move suggests all is not well at Joshua’s training camp in Sheffield where he has a stable of sparring partners trying to replicate Parker’s style.
Hearn revealed there had been some hesitancy from the Takam camp as they want their fighter to remain in the title mix rather than be a punching bag, but they have been urged to take the offer as a compliment rather than an insult.