World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, has retained his IBF, WBA and IBO titles with a victory over fellow heavyweight, Carlos Takam.
Throughout the fight, Takam took a huge amount of punishment from Joshua, and was losing almost every round due to AJ’s jab and combinations. Despite this, Takam was able to keep coming forward, with thanks to his granite-like chin, and was looking out for that one big shot to win the fight.
The challenger was dropped early on in the fight, but managed to recover quickly. In the same round, AJ received a horrid head butt from Takam, which broke the champions’ nose and looked to have stopped Joshua from going all-aggressive throughout the fight.
As the fight continued, it looked as if Joshua was starting to become impatient, as he began to take risks which often led him becoming exposed to counter shots; he will know that these risks will prove costly against fighters like Deontay Wilder.
The fight lasted 10 rounds, with AJ stopping Takam to win the bout. The stoppage itself was seen to be premature by many fans, however Takam suffered from two deep cuts above both eyes, and was tiring out; he would have probably been laid flat out if the ref hadn’t had waved the fight off.
This win takes Joshua’s record to 20 wins, with 20 of those wins coming way of knockout. It also means that with his IBF mandatory being fulfilled, he can set his sights at the massive fights in 2018.
The fight was held at the sold-out Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which saw almost 80,000 fans take their seats; an indoor record for a boxing match. During the post-fight ring interview Joshua shouted:
“What do you want, UK fans? Wembley, Cardiff? Las Vegas? I just want to keep the sport growing,”
“I didn’t have control of it, it was the ref’s decision. Respect to Takam. He was like Evander Holyfield, ducking down, popping up.”
It was then Takam’s turn to express his opinion of the fight, on the stoppage he said:
“I don’t know why the referee stopped the match,”
“I respect the champion and the UK fans, they are great fans and I am happy to box here. I don’t why they stopped it.
“I want a rematch, I make my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want a rematch, I want to box him again, I want him, he is a great champion.
Although a rematch could lead to a tasty affair, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, suggested that he will have to wait, as AJ will now have his sights set on unifying the division.
“AJ’s told me he wants the belts. Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua has to happen,”
“There’s also a great heavyweight called Tyson Fury.
Anthony Joshua will give you the fights you want. Wilder, Fury, Joseph Parker – they’re the 2018 fights. I don’t think we should go abroad. But Anthony Joshua will fight anyone.”
On the undercard, Dillian Whyte beat Robert Helenius to move to number 1 in the WBC rankings, as he also hopes to fight Deontay Wilder.