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Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam: world heavyweight title fight – live!

Hello and welcome to tonight’s world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam. We’re ringside at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where Katie Taylor has just outpointed Anahi Sanchez over 10 rounds to capture the WBA lightweight title in her seventh professional fight. The Olympic champion took a lot of punches after dropping Sanchez in the second, but returned the punishment in kind and dominated the Argentine to capture the belt comfortably.

The 74,500-seat stadium, nearly full though the main event is still about two and a half hours away, offered a storybook backdrop for Taylor’s special night.

Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s Kevin Mitchell’s lookahead to tonight’s main event.

As his wait for a fight wound down, the world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looked and sounded like a man guarding against complacency rather than the unknown threat ahead of him at the Principality Stadium on Saturday night, the low-key Frenchman Carlos Takam.

Hitting the scales in Cardiff on Friday at a heavier than expected 18st 2lb, heftily more than Takam’s 16st 11lb of honed muscle, Joshua said his 36-year-old challenger – pitched in late to replace the mandated but injured Kubrat Pulev – deserved his full respect. “I’m confident but not too cocky” he told an adoring crowd, his voice cracking slightly, which suggested he might be riding out a cold.

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