Carlos Takam: “I want to fight Andy Ruiz and Deontay Wilder”
Carlos Takam says he is open to facing former Heavyweight world champions, Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr this year.
Takam, who was beaten by Anthony Joshua in ten rounds in a challenge for the WBA ‘Super’, IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles in 2017, was reportedly considered as a potential opponent for WBC champion Tyson Fury who was set to make a UK homecoming in December, before foregoing his plans.
The 40-year-old is unbeaten in four fights since a dramatic eighth round stoppage defeat to Derek Chisora in 2018 and is keen to test himself against the best in the division once again.
“In 2021, I have many, many guys in my target,” Takam told Pro Boxing Fans.
“You have Oscar Rivas, that guy, I want to take him, make a good fight, I’ll kick his a**.
“You have [Oleksandr] Usyk I was supposed to fight with him, I’m going to catch him and kick his a** and then one of the fights I want to do and I know if we do that fight it’ll be a big fight, Andy Ruiz, that guy I want to fight him, he’s a good guy.
“Definitely I want to fight that guy, before I finish my career, I want to fight Andy Ruiz, really, I want to fight that guy.
“I like the way he fights, he’s a fighter, I like the way he moves, I like the way he fights, that guy is good for me.
“Then you have the fighters like Wilder. I want to fight him, some guy like Deontay Wilder, some guy like [Luis] Ortiz.
“I [want to] come back to the UK, fight Dillian Whyte or have my rematch with [Anthony] Joshua and [Derek] Chisora.”
Ruiz Jr has not fought since losing his unified world Heavyweight titles to Joshua in their rematch in Saudi Arabia last December, whilst Wilder is holding out for a third fight with Fury, after losing his WBC title to the Brit in seven rounds in February in Las Vegas.
Takam believes that fights like those can catapult him back into the mix again.
“If they called me tomorrow and they told me, yes ‘Andy Ruiz or Deontay Wilder want to fight you’ do you think I’m going to say no I don’t want it?
“That kind of fight I want it, to prove for people Carlos Takam is still there, I’m here, I’m waiting for the big fight, I’m waiting for the big name to show people who I am, again, who I am.”
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