Anthony Joshua has hit out at Kubrat Pulev after the Bulgarian was forced to withdraw from their fight in Cardiff due to injury.
Pulev cited a pectoral muscle tear as the injury, but Joshua believes he would never pull out of a fight over a ‘niggle’.
Joshua went as far to say he was ‘pissed off’ Pulev decided to pull out, prompting Carlos Takam to step in as a replacement.
The heavyweight champion will still fight this Saturday, but admitted he was annoyed about the opponent change.
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Joshua said: ‘If you knew the injuries I have faced in camp… I had glandular fever against Dominic Breazeale, and my shoulder in this camp – fighters go through a lot.
‘Two weeks before the Klitschko fight I went for a Thai massage and she stretched me.
‘She pulled my arm down my leg and it cramped my back.
‘I swear, I was walking doubled over, two weeks before.
‘But we crack on. I fought Michael Sprott with a fractured back – just crack on.
‘My trainer, Rob McCracken, doesn’t like it. He says, ‘You have to listen to me, Josh, if I ever have to pull you out of a fight’.
‘Anyway, once you’re in there, in the ring, the adrenaline takes over.
‘Touch wood, I don’t think I’d ever pull out of a fight. Not unless it was deadly serious.’
He added: ‘But you build up so much to this one moment – and because of a niggle you’re going to let it go? When you’re in there the adrenaline takes over anyway, so I don’t think, touch wood, unless it was serious-serious, I don’t think I’d stop.’
Joshua will look to extend his unbeaten streak to 20 fights and continue his perfect knockout record against Takam.
Frenchman Takam has a 35-2-1 record and his most high profile fight of late was a defeat to Joseph Parker last year.
Over 70,000 tickets had already been sold before Pulev’s injury announcement, but Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is still expected to be packed on Saturday night.