Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam

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Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam
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Date: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Location: 
Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Unlimited
Titles at Stake: 
WBA & IBF Heavyweight World Titles
Referee: 
Phil Edwards

Official Judging
Ron McNair 90 - 80
Pawel Kardyni 89 - 81
Michael Alexander 89 - 81

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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.




Fan Cards: Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
10
8
9
9
9
9
10
82


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
82


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
89
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
10
81


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
82


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
9
8
9
10
9
10
82


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
82


scorecard by LEWGR10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
82


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
89
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
10
81


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
10
8
9
9
9
9
10
82


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
9
9
9
80


scorecard by SAM11333
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
88
CARLOS TAKAM
9
9
9
8
9
9
10
9
10
82


Comments

rorschach's picture

Kal Yafai vs Sho Ishida has been added to the undercard of this one. Ishida is Yafai's undefeated mando, this should be a good matchup and a good test for Yafai. You might want to add this one Champ.

Champion97's picture

Will do, thanks.

What's going with the Warrington vs Ceylon scorecard and you should upload Cecilia Braekhus vs Mikaela Lauren 1 and 2.

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a very underrated fight in my opinion, I think it is a fantastic match up, and I can't wait for this fight, it will be very interesting to watch.

Anthony Joshua is possibly the most talked about fighter in boxing at this point in time, he is marketable, he is popular, he is entertaining in the ring, as a person, he is very well liked, as an Olympic gold medalist, and now two belt world champion, with his unbeaten record, and 100% KO ratio, it is undeniable that he is a great fighter, a fighter with a massive amount of talent. Joshua started boxing quite late, I believe he was 18 when he started, and from what I gather, his toughness, desire to throw himself into battle, combat, could have gotten him into a massive amount of trouble had he not turned his life around, and boxing is to thank for that, it is a great story of bad boy come good. For Joshua to have won the super heavyweight gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics, having been boxing for I believe only 4 years, was quite an accomplishment, I remember watching him narrowly defeat Cuban amateur veteran, Erislandy Savón, in the first leg of the Olympics, he then impressed with at least one dominant performance, I remember him dropping China's Zhang Zhilei to the canvas. I remember being very happy for Anthony Joshua when I watched him just about defeat Italy's Roberto Cammarelle (a policeman), in the final to win the Olympic gold. Joshua finished his amateur career with a record of 40-3. Joshua's professional career has gone great so far, he made his professional debut in October 2013, stopping his first opponent in one round. By December 2015, Joshua had been a professional boer for over 2 years, he had a record of 15-0, he had proven himself to be a very dangerous heavyweight, using his height, size to his advantage, so much that none of his first 15 opponents had managed to last 3 full rounds, at this point, Joshua took on fellow undefeated heavyweight, bitter rival who had defeated him when he was in his teens, Dillian Whyte (16-0, 13 KOs), Whyte was the underdog, but Joshua agreed that Whyte would take him past 4 rounds. Joshua dominated the first round, repeatedly beating Whyte with right hands, looking like it was going to be a very early night, beating Whyte to a pulp, but Whyte, teak tough, stayed on his feet, the fight erupted after the first round, with the personal grudge playing a part, blows after the bell being thrown. Joshua became very arrogant, maybe thinking he was potentially few punches away from the stoppage, he walked into a massive left hook which he didn't see coming, and was hurt, Whyte turned the tables, easily walking through the rest of Joshua's weaker punches throughout the rest of the round, before most likely winning round 3, a round in which a tired looking, but cautious, sensible Joshua, who had also been punished to the body by Whyte, reduced his work rate, and somewhat, 'took the round off'. A not so well conditioned Whyte faded in rounds 4 and 5 as an easily breathing, evidently physically fit Joshua patiently but clinically battered away at the body, and began to resume the beating he started putting on Whyte at the start of the fight, after a close round 6 which was Joshua struggling with Whyte's jab, Whyte, still the more fatuigued, not producing the same power as his opponent, being physically overpowered still, Joshua put an end to the bout in round 7, knocking Whyte out cold with a bulldozing right uppercut. 2016 was a successful but underwhelming, lacklustre year for Joshua, after he destroyed illegitimate world champion Charles Martin in a 2 round mismatch, battered, stopped a tough, dangerous but badly conditioned Dominic Breazeale in 7 one sided rounds, and then stopped tough Mexican Eric Molina in 3 rounds in December. At 18-0, Joshua had fought no challenging opponents bar Dillian Whyte, he was still untested, inexperienced, and after 18 professional fights, approaching his late twenties, it was time to see him in a meaningful, world class fight, and when he fought 41 year old, but still superfit, experienced, boxing legend, Wladimir Klitschko, he was doing more than enough. In April 2017, at Wembley Arena, in front of 90,000 fans, Joshua vs Klitschko took place, in an extremely interesting fight. Joshua's youth, speed, outright physical strength provided him with what it took to either lead after 4 rounds, or keep it even, with Joshua bullying a tense, reluctant Klitschko, but the veteran landing accurate, clean shots with a lot of power and velocity in rounds 2 and 4, especially 4. After his friend and fellow boxer Tony Bellew had stated that Joshua would not win if the fight was to go beyond 4, Joshua took the gamble at the start of round 5, tried to just plough down Klitschko, dropping him, only to punch himself out after a massive effort, and a frustrated, disorganised looking, slightly stunned but not badly hurt Klitschko, changing the fight completely, dominating the last 2 minutes of the round, being relentless, Joshua taking a beating, having to win the round, but maybe not 10-8 due to the dominance and vast success of Klitschko. In round 6, a still drained Joshua was mowed down by a phenomenal right hand which Klitschko drew him onto, looking like he physically couldn't move, the warrior got up. Joshua managed to make Klitschko work, but was not winning the fight, being clearly out boxed by a mobile, well trained, dedicated Klitschko from round 7 to 10, with Klitschko seeming to be taking over, despite Klitschko being made to work, and Joshua, winning a round, being more than in the fight. In round 11, Joshua, at 27, with fatigue being his own muscle mass and not all under training, and being extremely athletic, came on strong, caught Klitschko with a monstrous right uppercut, Klitschko not only staying up from that one shot, but having the guts, heart, the fitness to get up off the deck both times Joshua dropped him seconds later, the referee wisely, importantly took an endangered Klitschko out of risk of serious damage when he was taking a sustained beating from Joshua, who won the fight, and has since become very, very popular, proven so much from that magnificent, incredible fight, and learned so much from it as well.

Carlos Takam is a very good fighter indeed, very tough, very athletic, very underrated in my opinion, and this fight, well I think he will be more prepared for this fight than expected, and he'll provide Joshua with a real challenge. Carlos Takam's record is 35-3-1, his losses, coming against then unbeaten Gregory Tony, in 2009 (so a long time ago), he was stopped in 11 rounds, in a blockbuster against Alexander Povetkin, in 2014, he hurt Povetkin in the fight, all 3 judges had the fight level after 8 rounds, Takam , in 2016, losing to unbeaten, now world champion, kiwi fighter, Joseph Parker, in a competitive, semi close fight, Takam gave Parker a lot of problems. Takam drew with at that point unbeaten Mike Perez, in 2014. On all but 4 occasions, Takam has won every time he has fought as a professional, and on his record, are wins over Tony Thompson, Frans Botha, Michael Grant, Botha, in 2012, Grant, in 2013, Takam also holds wins over Michael Sprott, who he stopped in 5 rounds in 2015,
Gbenga Oluokun, who he stopped in 6 rounds, in 2011. Takam is one of those fighters who has probably achieved, and proven more in how well he's done in defeats, than hie victories in themselves. Takam is 36, not a young fighter, however, he is a very physically fit fighter, I doubt he will make it obvious he is an 2 week notice opponent, a late replacement, when he tries his best to win on October 28, Takam also, can punch, he is very strong, very durable, he isn't a tall heavyweight, but he is used to fighting taller fighters, and as a professional, very experienced. Since May 2016, when he lost to Joseph Parker, 17 months ago, he hasn't been that active, but he hasn't really been inactive either, he isn't coming off a layoff, in fact, he has had 2 fights since the Parker fight, averaging a fight every 8-9 months, which isn't so bad really, and his opponents, with records of 17-4, and 27-11-1, these fights, lasting 2-3 rounds, and 4-5 rounds, not long fights, but much better than nothing, no first round knockouts, and as an experienced professional boxer, maybe a certain amount of ring rust will affect him a lot less than a fighter who has had a substantial amount of fights less.

I think Anthony Joshua will win this fight, unsurprisingly, but, I think it will go the distance, unsurprisingly. I think Joshua will aim to get behind the jab early, in no rush, and Takam, I think he'll be a mobile target, make Joshua miss a couple of early punches, aim to make Joshua work, find the opportunities to counter, but for the first 2 rounds, I think Takam will throw almost no punches as a fairly active but patient Joshua gives him no real openings, and is happy for Takam to move around the ring, as he steals the first couple of sessions by landing the jab, with speed, fairly frequently, maybe a couple of glancing but clean right hands. I think Takam will need to make tactical changes, and that will be clear, as after the first 2 rounds have slipped away from him, he will walk into a clean right hand which puts him down, not really hurt, but shaky on his feet, I think Joshua will go looking for him, missing little, not getting reckless, but starting punish a bleeding Carlos Takam.

I think Takam will recover and bounce back from a terrible third round surprisingly quickly, as he moves around the ring in round 4, and begins to try to put more shots together, he'll get caught on the counter most of the time, but he will take more risks, make more of a fight of it, and he will have some success, landing a particularly hard, clean hand on Joshua's chin in round 6, which the champion takes well, and responds to, with some aggression, giving Takam no chance of winning the round, but not fazing a still strong Takam. I see Takam being a mile behind after 6 rounds, and in the next few rounds, he will struggle to know what to do, but he will keep trying to vary his tactics, try not to be a predicable target for Joshua, who I think will begin to tire just slightly at this point in the fight. I see Takam landing some heavy body shots in round 8, a round Joshua appears to take, off, before trying to unleash an attack late in the round, but is very unlikely to claw the round back from Takam who is boxing out of his skin. I think rounds 9 and 10 will be good for both fighters, Joshua, more so, as the man who needs them far less, as he is a mile ahead, but Takam, he'll stand his ground, try to attack from head to body, making Joshua struggle just a little bit, using his feet, using his speed, combination punching ability, but walking onto the bigger and sometimes cleaner punches from the champion.

I think both fighters will have put a lot into rounds 9 and 10, and both will be tiring, both great athletes, tiring late, and after a frantic pace in the fight, but Joshua, the younger man, I think will recover more quickly, and in the championship rounds, it will be Takam's hands and feet which are reduced in speed, there will be less pooing his punches, and he will be an easier target for Joshua to hit, as Joshua takes over in the last 6 minutes, using the jab, but landing some massive right hands which a brave Takam takes so well, and I think in the last round, Takam will go out on his shield, only to walk onto big counter punches from a patient, but focused, poised Anthony Joshua, and Joshua, already getting much the better of the round, I think will land a fantastic combination as Takam charges forward, and the 36 year old warrior will go down once again, not so heavily, but not a flash knockdown either, I think an exhausted Takam will frag himself to his feet, and see out the last minute or so of the fight as Joshua tries to finish him the closing stages, hits him with a lot of big shots, misses a few as well though, and hears the final bell go before he can get the stoppage.

I think Anthony Joshua will be a awarded a very wide unanimous decision victory, with the scores being, 119-107, 118-108, 117-109, meaning will successfully defend his titles.

Champion58's picture

Joshua to win this, stop him in round 3, or maybe 4, 3-4 round stoppage for Joshua, this chap Pulev definitely won't make it to round 5!

Considering the IBF is allowing Takam to fulfill the mandatory role Pulev had, I think this fight is more than fine. The faster we get Joshua vs. Wilder the better. I've never seen Takam before but I heard he was decently competitive with Parker, does he at least have a small chance to be competitive for a little while?

Champion97's picture

Lol how come you first had a deep analysis where you thought this fight was going the distance and now you think that it isnt going past 10 ?

Champion97's picture

LOL, genius, I wrote the shorter comment before. Because, hard to work out, I changed my prediction, mystery solved.

20(19 KO)-0 Anthony Joshua, bad stoppage. Takam could have probably made it the distance

That ref was looking for a way to stop it since Takam got cut. Protected AJ's 100 % KO ratio. Takam was in great condition to continue, there was no reason to stop the fight.

I thought it was defiantly stopped too soon but I think AJ would of probably got a late stoppage had it carried on.

Champion97's picture

Great performance from Anthony Joshua!
Joshua is the most popular fighter on the planet I would say, and he deserves to be if he is, because he is a class act, a great fighter, and he always tries his best in the ring, wins, but does more than just win, he works hard to do as well as he can on the way to victory, Joshua will be remembered at the end of his career, as a fighter who always tried his best, gave it his best efforts in the ring, win or lose, that is, if he doesn't retire undefeated, which he might well do, it wouldn't surprise me. It is hard not to put Joshua in the top 2 in his division now, nyon impossible I would say, and you could easily make the strong case that he is the best heavyweight, it is great that fans appreciate Joshua as a boxer, because a lot of greats in boxing, are only appreciated when they retire, Klitschko, Mayweather, Lewis, but Joshua, it seems is getting his due credit.

I thought Joshua showed his experience in this fight, and that is something he gained even more of in the fight, he will be an even better fighter in 2018, I'm sure. Joshua was patient, he was fighting a guy who is stylistically very dissimilar to the guy he was originally supposed to fight, a 12 day notice opponent, a short, awkward, quick, mobile opponent, and he dealt with him, he dictated the pace of the fight, early, he missed often, Takam is defensively sound, but it didn't matter, he was winning, negating Takam's offence, he pulled the trigger at the right times, he got hit, but took all the punches very well, didn't get hit with a lot of punches, a fair few, but I think defensively, he would have been better had he needed more of it, though that was something he could have been mildly criticised for in this fight, but also, Joshua didn't over committ, he boxed well, got his nose bust, he's made for boxing, so he wasn't bothered, he carried on, and when the time came, when he smelt blood, he went for it, the fight was stopped prematurely, not terribly prematurely, but certainly so, that wasn't Joshua's fault, it is extremely unlikely he wouldn't have won, and he boxed well, fought well, against a very tough opponent.

I think Joshua should fight twice in 2018, I think that is definitely the right frequency at this level. This was a tough fight, he took a couple of big shots, it was no picnic, and the war against Klitschko, not the kind of toll taking, wear and tear you want to put your body through too many times even over a span of a lot of years, even if it does mean more and more entertaining fights for the fans. I think the Wilder fight should happen in 12 months time, October 2018, maybe at Wembley stadium, why not?, I think Joshua should fight a durable opponent, earlier in 2018, maybe April, a fight which will go rounds, but not a hard fight, I would say, maybe slightly easier than the Takam fight, maybe Andriy Rudenko, Lucas Browne, maybe Dereck Chisora, Joshua may be ordered to fight a particular opponent, a tough fight could be made earlier than it would better be fought, or more likely, he might be ordered to fight an opponent who can't last 4 rounds, but hopefully, his next fight is against a tough opponent, who will give him rounds, I would say ideally, at least 6, but a slightly weaker opponent than Takam, or an opponent who is likely to be, and then late in 2018, I think the Wilder fight should happen.