Anthony Joshua Stops Takam In 10th Round To Retain Heavyweight Titles
Anthony Joshua put up another spectacular show by stopping Cameroonian-French boxer Carlos Takam and defending his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles in 10 rounds in Cardiff, even though it was labeled with controversy.
The Frenchman put on a heroic display despite two nasty cuts above both eyes in front of over 70,000 people in the Principality Stadium. The referee stepped in to stop the fight in the tenth round, much to the anger of the challenger and the crowd.
Takam was in trouble, but was still on his feet when the referee stepped in and the fighter was not happy with the stoppage. “I don’t think (the referee should have stopped the fight),” Takam told Sky Sports in the ring.
In his first fight since ending the career of the great and once-dominant Wladimir Klitschko, 28-year-old Joshua required his advantages in size, speed and power to gradually wear down his previously little-known opponent from France.
Bigger fights against superior opponents are expected to follow in 2018 – but in defeating his mandatory challenger and excluding that with Klitschko, the Briton unexpectedly faced the toughest match-up of his career.
It was his 20th straight knock-out, still the heavyweight champion of the world. But when this gallant challenger threw down the gauntlet again by demanding a rematch, AJ’s army cheered as lustily for him as for the man they had turned out in such numbers as to smash the attendance record for this hallowed Welsh ground.
Joshua told them: “For all of you who wanted to see him unconscious on the floor, it was unfortunate that the referee stopped the fight. But that wasn’t my decision. I did my job and it was a good fight.”