Carlos Takam faces British heavyweight Joe Joyce on Saturday 24 July, live on BT Sport, in a bout that could secure the victor a world title shot.

Cameroon-born French fighter Takam, 40, lost in a world title bout with Anthony Joshua in 2017 and was also beaten by Britain's Derek Chisora a year later.

He has since won four fights in a row and overall has lost five times in 45 outings.

With Joshua set to defend his world titles against Oleksandr Usyk later this year, Takam will be a keen observer if he manages to cause an upset and defeat 'the Juggernaut' this weekend.

Here, we take you through Takam's key career stats ahead of his must-win encounter with Joyce.


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Carlos Takam: Record

Takam represented Cameroon at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where was eventually defeated in the round of 16 by Egyptian heavyweight Mohamed Aly.

He has won 39 of his 45 fights since turning professional, with 28 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

The heavyweight has one draw and five losses on his record, including defeats at the hands of Anthony Joshua, Dereck Chisora, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin.

Carlos Takam: Knockouts

28 of Takam's 39 professional victories have come via knockout.

However it's been four years since the Cameroon-born brawler won by way of stoppage, when he knocked out Croatia's Ivica Bacurin back in 2017. 

Carlos Takam: Height

Takam is 6ft 2in (187cm).

Carlos Takam: Reach

Takam has a reach of 81in (204cm).

Carlos Takam: Next fight and future opponent

12 months on from his last ring appearance, Takam returns to action to face Joyce in a fight that will edge the winner closer to a much-coveted world title shot.

Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) is back in action for the first time since his win against Daniel Dubois last November when he captured the vacant European title and relieved Dubois of his British and Commonwealth belts.

Takam should provide a real test for the 2016 Olympic silver medallist and if he can overcome Joyce, the Frenchman could be in line to face the winner of Joshua's fight with Usyk, which is scheduled for September.

Carlos Takam on Joe Joyce and Anthony Joshua rematch

On Joyce:

“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.

“He is going to try and put me down, I am going to try and put him down. Whoever puts someone down first is the winner.

“I want to hurt him like he is going to want to hurt me. We are going to punch each other and I am ready for that fight.”

On Joshua: 

“The story between Joshua and me is not finished.

“There is unfinished business with Joshua. That fight still hurts me.

“I took that fight at ten days’ notice. The referee stopped the fight and I don’t know why. Nobody ever told me.

“I was also meant to fight Usyk twice, but it never happened and he didn’t want me.”