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, gives Joshua no easy opportunities to catch him clean, but Joshua, the slightly busier, dictating the pace, nicking the opener. Round 2 is similar to round 1, but midway through the round, there is some drama, as Takam steps forward, winds up accidentally heading Joshua's nose, the blood flows, but Joshua puts another narrow but clear round in the bag.
Round 3 is interesting, as Takam makes Joshua miss a lot, moves very well, lands a few solid punches, he is slightly out landed, as Joshua is the aggressor, throwing more punches, but Joshua misses with a lot, and Takam lands the cleaner punches, but not many of them. In what seems to be another very close round, it's disaster for Takam late in the 4th, as he sustains a terrible cut on his right eye, and Joshua finishes the round very strongly, drops Takam, not heavily, but he still decks him. As Takam suffers and struggles to see properly with the serious cut, it seems he may have to be pulled out.
Fortunately, Takam's cutman is skilled enough that the cut can be helped. Takam, in the biggest fight of his life, is allowed to continue.
Takam tries, but looks to be coming second best in rounds 5 and 6, as a patient, methodical, but lethal Anthony Joshua lands flurries, is prepared to miss a shot, to land the next, and he overpowers a heavily bleeding, trailing Takam.
Joshua is strong in round 7, takes what a fast, awkward Takam throws at him, and lands with more power, but Takam, working quite often, having some success, the round is close. Takam hits Joshua with fantastic body punches in round 8, Joshua takes them well, and gets the better of Takam, has a good round by being consistent, being aggressive, busier, still bullying Takam.
Joshua seems to be relenting in round 9 just slightly, and Takam lands a fair few clean, accurate hooks throughout the round, but Joshua finishes the 9th strongly, landing a great hook which Takam takes well. Joshua starts to dominate in round 10, and Takam takes some punishment, Joshua doesn't hurt Takam easily, but later in the round, Joshua does manage to hurt Takam. Takam takes 5 or 6 clean, crisp punches, a couple of them, crushing, Takam defends quite well, but it doesn't look good for him, at this point, Phil Edwards controversially stops the fight.
In a fight that wasn't easy, Anthony Joshua made his 4th defence as a world champion, and his 1st defence as a unified champion, stopped Carlos Takam in round 10.
- Joshua was the second to stop Takam, Takam, also stopped in 10, by Alexander Povetkin a couple of years earlier