Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam
In his 20th professional fight, worldwide boxing superstar Anthony Joshua, defends his WBA and IBF world titles, in his first outing since his thrilling 10-11 round firecracker, against boxing legend, Ukrainian, Wladimir Klitschko, he takes on French based Cameroonian warrior, Carlos Takam, in Wales.
Joshua starts cautiously, as a mobile Takam moves, is patient, gives Joshua no easy opportunities to hurt him or even really catch him clean, but Joshua, the slightly busier, throwing some straight punches, dictating the pace, nicking the opener.
Round 2 seems similar to round 1, though midway through the round, there is some drama, as a cautious, but not gunshy Takam steps forward to take a chance, and he winds up, albeit accidentally, injuring Joshua's nose, possibly breaking it, with a headbutt, the blood flows, before a slightly animated Joshua puts his foot on the pedal just slightly, missing most of what he throws, but landing some good shots, putting another narrow but clear round in the bag.
Round 3 is interesting, as Takam makes Joshua miss a lot of punches, uses his movement very well, and lands a few solid punches of his own, he is slightly out landed, with Joshua, the aggressor, throwing a lot more punches, but Joshua, missing with a lot, and Takam, landing the cleaner punches.
Round 4 is interesting, in what seems to be another very close round, disaster strikes for Takam in the last minute of the round, as somehow, he sustains a terrible gash on his right eye, the blood gushes from the cut, and Joshua finishes the round very strongly. With the poor refereeing of Phil Edwards not helping the matter, it looks as if Takam may have to be taken out of the fight.
Fortunately, Takam's cornermen are skilled enough that they can lessen the severity of the cut, and therefore, Takam, in the biggest fight of his life, is allowed to continue. Takam tries, but looks to be coming second best in both rounds 5 and 6, as a patient, sharp, methodical, but lethal Anthony Joshua lands flurries, is prepared go miss a shot, to land the next, and overpowers a heavily bleeding, trailing Takam.
Joshua seems to be tiring after 6 rounds, as he is deep waters, though Takam, still with blood all over his face, is mobile, not with the DNA to quit, and determined, though Joshua, no one dimensional bruiser, but rather a fighter who thrives in the trenches, comes out strong in the next round, takes what a fast, awkward Takam throws at him, and lands more, lands with much more power, at this point, more accuracy, extending his lead, picking his moments, committing at the right times, still patient, but still tired. Joshua is still able to sustain a fast pace, and looks like he won't fade in the late rounds, and he remains active, sharp in round 8, being hit with fantastic body punches from Takam, taking them very well, and again, getting the better of his brave opponent. Joshua looks strong in round 9, a round he sensibly looks to be relenting in, just slightly, though Takam lands a fair few clean, accurate hooks throughout the round, Joshua finishes strongly, with a great hook which Takam takes well, possibly stealing the round off the challenger.
Round 10 looks like another fairly close round to start, but it isn't long before Joshua looks dominant, and Takam begins to ship some punishment, Joshua, looking to have found a second wind, but Takam doesn't look hurt, not until later in round when Joshua does manage to inflict that on Takam. Takam is hurt, he takes 5 or 6 clean, crisp punches, a couple of them, crushing, it doesn't look good at all for Takam, but no shots absolutely jar and rattle his head to the point in which viewers would be concerned, Joshua throws a lot of punches, and the shots he lands, aren't all consecutive, some are cuffing shots, and the last couple look like they miss completely, as Takam, though coming second best, by a long way, is able to defend himself, Phil Edwards annoys the crowd, and angers and understandably furious Carlos Takam, as he stops the fight, undoubtedly, prematurely, still, Joshua was doing very well, he looked to be starting to domiante again, Takam is only human, and better stopped too early, than stopped too late, that must be 100% clear to everyone.
Anthony Joshua, with a solid performance, defends both his world titles, stays busy, gains experience, and makes a statement, despite the circumstance of the premature stoppage, whilst Carlos Takam, well he earns a lot of new fans, enhances his reputation, is very gracious, and humble in defeat, says he wants a rematch, confirms his strong disagreement with the stoppage, but gives Anthony Joshua a lot of credit, thanks the fans, and finishes the fight, having exceeded most people's expectations of how well he could do in a fight of this magnitude.