Anthony Joshua goes up against stand-in opponent Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, this weekend with his IBF, WBA and IBO titles on the line.
The undefeated Brit was expected to take on Kubrat Pulev before he pulled out two weeks ago due to an ongoing shoulder injury.
Speaking to the media, Joshua spoke about facing Takam instead. He said: “I could say a million things about Takam because I’m studying him.
“At the end of the day, there are two things that I’m focusing on. One is that it’s just like another fight and the second is winning.
“Then we can all move on to see what 2018 holds. I’m sure that’s going to be a promising year.”
Takam has tasted three defeats to his record, with Joseph Parker being his most recent in 2016, losing on points in Australia.
Despite such short notice, AJ has been doing his research on his opponent and begun the mind games ahead of the PPV event in Wales.
“To have a style like Takam’s, not a lot of people have long careers. He just eats up a little bit of ground each round. He could throw a jab, right hand to the head, left hook, right hook and be looking good and all of a sudden, everything he’s doing wasn’t working because the person you’re fighting is still coming. So, I think by round six, seven or eight he starts applying pressure because he’s got that type of fighter with the ‘I’m going to absorb and measure everything you do’ mind-set which is a dangerous style.
“I’ve fought Breazeale, Molina, and Klitschko and for Kubrat Pulev I’ve focused on a lot of taller fighters. They say Carlos Takam fights at 6-foot-2, but he probably fights at 6-foot bent down and crouched over.
“All in all, what goes down in the history books is whether I win or lose. I just got to do whatever I got to do to get this win. Because it’s really important for me and the sport of boxing because it sets up several fights in the future,” added the 2012 Olympic champion.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95