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Takam confident at beating Parker

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016

Carlos Takam has express full confidence in his ability to end Joseph Parker's unbeaten record and earn a shot at the IBF world heavyweight crown.

The French-based Cameroon-born boxer will step in the ring against local favourite Parker in a title eliminator in Auckland on May 21.

Takam says he's seen footage of his New Zealand opponent in action.

"He's a good fighter, but I'm the best," he said on Wednesday.

Asked if he would knock Parker out in their 12-round contest, he said with laugh: "You're going to see."

The 35-year-old Takam, who arrived in Auckland this week, said he had been preparing for the past two months in Paris for the bout.

Joseph Parker will be fighting Carlos Takam © Getty Images Joseph Parker will be fighting Carlos Takam He declined to reveal what his strategy will be, saying he would leave it as a surprise, but he didn't have any concerns about the possibility of Parker taking the fight to him.

"That's good for me," he said.

"I like a boxer when he comes for me."

The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt held by Britain's Anthony Joshua.

Takam's record is 33 victories (with 25 KOs), two losses and a draw.

Parker, 24, is at 18-0, with 16 of his wins being inside the distance.

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