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Anthony Joshua stops Takam to retain belts

Anthony Joshua stops Takam to retain belts

By James Bell


Anthony Joshua went ten rounds with challenger Carlos Takam before the referee stepped in to stop the bout as Takam was taking punches and backing up while Joshua was looking to finish him off. Joshua, who is the WBA “super” champion and the IBF and IBO champion, defeated the IBF mandatory in Takam to move to 20-0 and score the 20th knockout of his career. Takam suffers his 4th career loss to go to 35-4-1.

The fight was made a couple weeks earlier as Joshua was originally scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev, but a shoulder injury suffered by Pulev caused him to withdraw from the fight. Takam was the next guy ranked below Pulev and gave Joshua a little trouble in the first few rounds. His head movement and footwork threw off the timing of Joshua, and a headbutt in the 2nd round caused Joshua’s nose to bleed.

Even with that going on, Joshua was able to stay composed and work on his gameplan. He used his reach at times, and also utilized short hooks and uppercuts to wobble Takam in the early stages of the fight. In the 4th round, Joshua caught Takam with a counter to rock Takam and force him to put a glove to the canvas. After that, there wasn’t much that much Takam could do. He did have some spurts where he caught Joshua with right hands, but a cut to his right eye caused by punches in the first half of the fight he had issues getting to Joshua in a consistent basis.

In the 8th round, it looked like Joshua was on cruise control as he was more confident that Takam could not hurt him. Another cut on Takam – this time to his left eye – raised concern on the referee and by the 10th round he was looking at the condition of Takam. While Takam was standing in there tough against Joshua and taking some good punches, the referee may have felt that he had taken enough and stepped in to stop it.

After the fight, Joshua asked over 70,000 fans in attendance at the Principality Stadium who should be his next opponent. Many fans around the world are anticipating a showdown between him and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but Joshua said that he had mandatories to obligate. Now that he has one of them out of the way, he is willing to fight Wilder sometime in 2018.

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Anthony Joshua stops Takam to retain belts
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