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Anthony Joshua scores 10th-round TKO of Carlos Takam to retain heavyweight titles

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It didn’t come as easy as expected, but Anthony Joshua maintained his perfect knockout percentage.

The IBF/WBA heavyweight titleholder dropped late replacement Carlos Takam in Round 4 on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales, opened up nasty gashes over both eyes and then stopped the Frenchman on his feet in Round 10. Takam absorbed a series of cracking blows shortly before the finish, but it seemed like a premature call from referee Phil Edwards at 1:34.

Carlos Takam (right) lands a jab agaisnt Anthony Joshua. Photo / Esther Lin-Showtime

Takam was clear-eyed and fighting well — he won Rounds 7 and 9 on RingTV.com’s unofficial scorecard — and deserved the opportunity to continue. Instead, Joshua’s IBF mandatory is fulfilled, and talk can turn to far bigger fights in 2018.

“I have no interest in what’s going on with the official, that’s not my job,” said Joshua (20-0, 20 knockouts), who was fighting for the fifth consecutive occasion on Showtime. “I was watching him, I was trying to break him down round by round and unfortunately the ref stopped it.

“I think people wanted to see Takam unconscious on the floor, am I right? That’s where I was trying to get to. I didn’t have control over the ref’s decision. Now, we’re on to a positive 2018.”

A sold-out crowd of 78,000 packed Principality Stadium to watch boxing’s biggest star defend his heavyweight crown for the third time. In Joshua’s first fight on the heels of his breakout performance — an 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight classic — Joshua once again showed off his impressive tools, and once more was forced to fight through some adversity.

A head butt busted up Joshua’s nose in Round 2 — the Brit claimed it was broken and that he would soon have it cracked back into place — after he rose off the canvas to stop Klitschko in April.

Takam fought gamely, with blood smeared across both eyes, the vision in his right eye clearly compromised. The 2004 Olympian was called on for the assignment after original mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev withdrew with a shoulder injury two weeks ago and proved ready for the challenge.

Joshua spears Takam with his jab. Photo / @MatchroomBoxing

The 36-year-old never threatened to take control of the bout, though. He simply boxed at a foolish distance — right at the end of Joshua’s long jab and tremendous reach — for most of the fight. When Takam, 235 1/2 pounds, did plow forward and combat the champ on the inside, he found some success, but he was only effective in spurts.

“He started catching up in the later rounds, it would have been a massive disaster,” said Joshua, who figured he will need a few months to recover from the nose injury. “I had to keep my cool. I just kept my composure and continued to fight as anyone would do.”

With Takam out of the way, Joshua now hopes for perhaps the biggest matchup that can be formalized in the sport: a unification with fellow crushing puncher Deontay Wilder.

The Alabama native rematches Bermane Stiverne next week, and if all goes according to plan, they’ll square off at some point next year. “It has to happen for sure,” Joshua said. That’s provided Joshua doesn’t jump ship to HBO, the network that has heavily courted the global star.

“Deontay Wilder, he talks a lot, he’s not really fighting anybody, Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua has to happen,” said Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn. “There’s also a great fighter named Tyson Fury, he needs to come back. (Joshua) will give you the fights that you want, I promise you that. Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker, those are the 2018 fights.

“Deontay Wilder will be relieved of that belt in 2018 by Anthony Joshua.”

Joshua takes it to Takam late in the fight. Photo / @MatchroomBoxing

Takam (35-4-1, 27 KOs) forced Joshua to reach Round 10 for just the second time, a good learning experience for the 28-year-old. But again, it appeared he had stamina issues. From Round 7 on, the 254-pounder’s mouth was agape as his output dropped tremendously.

He attempted to land short uppercuts on the inside when Takam overextended himself, but outside of Round 4 and Round 10 the power shots weren’t connecting flush with consistency.

Takam entered the bout 0-2-1 in notable fights (KO loss to Alexander Povetkin, decision defeat to Joseph Parker, draw with Mike Perez on HBO). But even in defeat, Takam has proven to be a reliable gatekeeper who can test and give rounds to top heavyweights.

He did nothing but enhance his stature in defeat. And Joshua moves on to what should be a massive 2018.

“I can’t fight Joe Blokes forever,” he said, “I have to fight champion fighters.”

If Joshua can continue to score knockouts next year against the type of opponents Hearn outlined for him, he might not be a U.K. star anymore. He’ll be a global icon.

 

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Martin Hall

    Far too early with the referee intervention. Really robbed Carlos of the chance to finish the fight and maybe ask some questions of AJ late. Also robbed AJ of that experience of having to go the full 12. Takam was nowhere near out of it, in the slow mo you can clearly see a pretty lucid Takam still slipping eyes focused, he had more than enough left.

    • ceylon mooney

      interesting. why the early stoppage ?

      • ScouseNotEnglish

        He was pretty much finished. He was taking clean heavy shots and his face was already a mess. Realistically, even though the stoppage was a bit premature, the ref saved Carlos from further and unnecessary damage.

        • Charlie U.

          I disagree with that. Hakam wanted to finish the fight on his feet and he deserved the chance to do that. The ref step in while Takam was still moving his head and avoding Joshua’s punches. Plus AJ was quickly losing his wind. I doubt he would have put Takam down without the ref stepping in.

      • Pecci

        I believe what Paulie said. The local ref wanted to find a way to end the fight. Had the dr. look at the eye several times, in addition to how he acted just before the stoppage. I also found it interesting that after the interview with AJ, they turned to Takam, asked him if he thought the stoppage was early. Takam, replies ” ahhh” … and before he can say a word, his mic is shut-off. AJ most likely would have won, but these guys a hvywgts. and Takam still had a punchers chance, especially after AJ’s punch counts decreased. — For me anyway, just one more reason why this corrupt sport will never get another gime off of me.

      • Harry

        The stoppage was complete bu..it again. In recent times many referees work like doctors in the ring, and it sucks. In Ward vs Kovalev II the ref should have opened a count for Kov instead of stopping it.

  • Chris Stans

    Early stoppage & whoever let aj come in that heavy should have their head checked

  • ScouseNotEnglish

    Entertaining as always from Joshua and credit to Carlos Takam who proved to be a tricky and tough opponent, but he was never going to win the fight. Joshua showed composure when he bust his nose and I thought it made him more cautious than usual. He also had trouble landing clean on CT, but when he did he caused damage – Takam had bad cuts, went down in the fourth and in the 10th round he was taking serious punishment. Yes the ref stopped it early and Takam deserved to continue (and possibly have a rematch at some point) but let’s be honest, the end was moments away… those final blows looked heavy and Takam was done.

  • chickenstock

    Joshua is so polished a tv personality I long to see him lose.

  • gamble mandem

    “He started catching up in the later rounds, it would have been a massive disaster,”

    You misquoted him here. He was saying IF his nose injury had given him problems in later rounds and cost him the fight due to a head butt, it would have been a disaster.

  • Charlie U.

    So, the ref let the fight go even though Takam had cuts directly over both eyes but he stops it in the tenth right directly following three straight missed punches by AJ? Bad stoppage. It looked to me like the ref was just looking for a reason to stop it and the moment he chose was not an appropriate one. Takam showed a lot of heart and he deserved better. That was not fair to him.

    • Rdb85

      completely agree, unlikely Takam could of stopped AJ but the ref suddenly wanted to check the cuts again before the 10th when AJ was breathing heavy and the cuts hadn’t become any worse than earlier in the fight. The 100% KO record is important to Eddie and the casuals so…..

      • WR

        Before the 10th The Ref had to get a Doctor to check on the cuts that were constantly bleeding from Takam to make sure they weren’t getting worse But i guess you can tell from watching @ home Are you a Doctor? smh Let the Conspiracy theories begin……..

  • Colin Mc Flurry.

    Very Raw unpolished preformance from Joshua.

    The ref was an embarrassment he was looking to get Takam out from the first time he was cut. ( good job Ricky Hatton never had these worrying Brit refs? )

    A fit and motivated Tyson fury would make a monkey out of AJ.

    • Colin Mc Flurry.

      These 250lb plus modern Heavyweights are just too fuckin big and slow.
      A smaller mobile technically gifted man will make them look like shit.

  • learnmore

    Credit to Takam, I thought it was an early stoppage but the other side of me saw Takam eye was nearly falling out, what would of happened to his eyes if he wet 2 more rounds. I had it 10-0 to Joshua, I dont know how the writer of this article saw Takam winning 2 rounds.

    • Wade Wilson

      Pity rounds. A guy who’s being soundly beaten on the cards will often win a round because he didn’t lose it as badly as the others. Or you can also say he did well but not enough to really win it if you want to be nice. That’s resulted in some strange scorecards when the guy losing starts to rally late.

  • learnmore

    Next few months will shape the Heavyweight division for 2018, Wilder v Stiverne, Breazeale v Molina & Kabayel v Chisora next week. I personally think that if Wilder & Breazeale wins they wll face each other next. Chisora is in a tough fight vs the Euopean champion 16-0 prospect, if Chisora wins, he will want the Whyte rematch. Miller v Wach on 11 November, if Miller wins they is a good chance the IBF could call Miller v Whyte mandatory eliminator because its looking more likely that the IBF #4 Hammer who is behind #3 Takam could be fighting in a WBO mandatory eliminator vs Povetkin in December. Jennings having a tune up in December waiting for that 2018 present Bob Arum told him he’s getting vs Parker. Bellew v Haye ends the year, if Bellew win, he probably retire. If Haye win, he could get the Joshua fight next. Its obvious listening to the press conference today that Rob McCracken, Joshua’s trainer makes the final decision on who Joshua fights & it wont be Wilder next.

  • Dee Money

    I gotta find out whats the deal when SHowtime piggybacks on Sky Sports’ feed and why they can’t use the main camera.

    Its harder to follow a fight when all you get is a zoomed in apron camera mostly looking at the back of one of the fighters heads.

  • foeaminute

    That was a weird combination of a way too early stoppage and a way too late stoppage. Takam never really had a shot, his corner should’ve shown some compassion and let him live to fight another day (with a real camp in front of it). Still, a gutsy showing matched by the most lackluster version of AJ I’ve seen. I don’t think Wilder is anything super special, but now I think he has more of a shot than I did before when/if they get together.

  • Joey Junger

    I think Takam proved to be a much cagier opponent than Pulev would have. Paulie sounded like a broken record all night, but he’s right: Joshua needs to cut the ring better. Against a longer-armed opponent who knows how to make an exit when it’s too hot, I think Joshua could be frustrated all night. That said, he’s fast, powerful, has heart, and most important of all, you can tell he likes to sometimes let the science go and just fight.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    This should not be counting as a mandatory. IF that shot belongs to Pulev and his reason for pulling out was accepted as a legitimate injury, then Pulev is still owed shot at some point in 2018, doesn’t have to be the very next fight but one of the next two.

    I’m arguing this not because i really care to see Joshua-Pulev, just in principle fighting a a late replacement so the show could go on is not in any way fulfilling the mandatory defense and should not entitle the champion to go mandatory free for the next year-and-a-half.

  • Luca Blight

    The ref looked like he was so eager to stop the fight since the knockdown at an early round, I guess he was given instructions and was paid. I believe Joshua would’ve won a decision, not unless Takam knocks him out which is also a possibility since Joshua is gassing out.

  • Harry

    I want Joshua to beat Wilder but if he fights like he did against Takam he won’t be successful. He has to work on his stamina and enter the ring leaner and lighter. Wilder will have a reach advantage, so Anthony will have to take his power. He lost rounds 7 to 9 to the old man because of his stamina issues and certainly because of his broken nose. It’s good he rebounded in round 10, but he should improve his game if he wants to beat Wilder.

    • Mark G

      I agree. I think he needs to lose half a stone at least, maybe more. I think we could come up with plenty of excuses for last night. Weight and the broken nose didn’t help but to add to what you’ve already said, Takam was a late replacement and brought an awkward style. He was no threat to Joshua but he was solid defensively and was making AJ miss all night, I think that tired him more than anything else. Probably his worst night so far. No reason to jump on him just yet but he can’t have too many more nights like that, fighting at the level he’s at.

      • Harry

        Very true, Mark, Takam brought an awkward style, but Povetkin knocked him out cold, so I caught myself thinking: what if Joshua fought Povetkin? It was scary to see that Anthony lost much of he speed after he has bulked up. I think that’s the main reason why he could not ko Takam – he lost explosion in his punches. He has to be agile and light on his feet to handle Wilder.

  • Crowley

    “It didn’t come as easy as expected, but Anthony Joshua maintained his perfect knockout percentage.” And there you have it. Ref searched all fight for an excuse to stop it, to protect the record of the golden boy.

    Joshua was out of steam, Takam took his punches easily and made him look a little silly in doing so. He would have gone the distance easily and maybe he would’ve caught the tired Joshua in the 11th/12th? When the fight was stopped Takam was hit by one punch and bobbed and weaved away from the rest of the “flurry”. No more UK fights, please. It’s destroying the sport.

    • Mark G

      The stoppage was premature but only by about 30 seconds. Takam was hurt and one more solid shot from Joshua would have finished him off. The three punches he threw before the stoppage though all missed and so it has to go down as a bad call, but not the worst I’ve ever seen and I don’t think there was anything untoward going on.

      • Crowley

        You don’t? You did not get the impression the ref was just looking for an excuse all fight? It was a ridiculous call, completely ridiculous. And denying that is just silly, being overprotective of an overrated fighter just leads to a bigger fall when it happens. Looking forward to Wilder, hopefully that one will be in Vegas so we can avoid this bullshit.

    • Andy T

      Here here no more UK fights they are bringing fans back to the stadiums and it is on a all time high LOL

  • PrinceGian

    Just watched the replay of the fight. Bullshit stoppage. Takam gave a good account of himself against Joshua and would have lasted the distance if given the opportunity.

    • ScouseNotEnglish

      You think? Takam had just taken some big shots, probably the cleanest of the fight and at that point he was a punch bag. He’d done a great job of avoiding sustained punishment, but in the 10th he was taking punch after punch… the fight was over.

      Saying that, he did deserve to continue, but IMO he was on the verge of being ironed out.

  • Ewan Leaper

    I need help chaps, I can’t f****** stand Joshua!

    I don’t hold it against him that he’s attracting lusty women, its more the grown men behaving like schoolgirls during their first ever major crush. “AJ” this, “AJ” that… blerghhhh!!! Are these the worst fanboys yet?

    I don’t rate Joshua that highly and it seems every second bugger in Britain is spouting on about him having the potential to be one of Britain’s greatest ever fighters. What’s good about him is pretty good- power, exciting style and a bit of heart, enough for most of the mediocre talent pool he inhabits. What’s bad about him is pretty bad, particularly his engine. Skill, speed, chin and ring IQ don’t look anywhere near world class to me.

    I was not impressed against Klitschko and now an average talent Carlos Takam (his second best opponent) major stamina concerns on show and he was fortunate that Klitschko was reluctant to trade when he gassed out after the first real action in the bout. It was good, almost great, to watch but that was more to do with the tension of “one punch will do it” than any resemblance to Ali v Frazier. If Deontay Wilder is in any ways resilient there’s no way Joshua would survive what happened in Rounds 5 and 6, he’s by no means a great fighter either but he can go 12 reasonably pacy rounds which is something Joshua clearly can’t and he’d have gone for the finish on a guy ready for the taking, which Klitschko was unable to do.

    It wasn’t the amazing, nature-defying rejuvenated miracle man Klitschko that I saw, he just reminded me of Juan Manuel Marquez devolving from near a flawless counter-puncher and somewhat boring into a FOTY type as his attributes naturally diminished. Stick in nearly a year and a half of inactivity and a clear deterioration evident since Bryant Jennings and being outclassed by Tyson Fury then you are looking at a guy well past his best days.

    Joshua went through hell, showed heart and a bit of composure to be fair but for me the limitations were clear to see. He’s powerful and exciting due to the vulnerability he has, this talk of him being a great boxer and puncher are doing my nut in though- he’s not a one hitter quitter type and he sure as hell isn’t showing the skill, speed and ring smarts of a great heavyweight.

    If he fights Wilder I think he’s getting stopped based on last night, if Tyson Fury can get back to 80% he’s laughing. I’m sure Joshua is a nice chap and all that but these fans of his are more annoying than any who have gone before- can’t wait to see him lose!

    • ScouseNotEnglish

      Joshua is green and has been fast tracked – that explains most of his limitations – but he’s exciting to watch. The Klitschko fight was pure entertainment. If you put Joshua in with Fury, then IMO Fury would be favourite, but my god… Fury’s win over Klitschko (as impressive as it was) was a total snooze fest.

      You can hardly blame fans for being excited. We had the Klits and then we got Fury, who all have sleep inducing styles. Whereas Wilder and Joshua are the complete opposite. They both have limitations but can both end a fight in a blink, that’s what makes them so exciting.

      Wilder has fought nobody and he’s had twice the fights of Joshua. Wilder’s resume is pretty embarrassing, but still, Wilder v Joshua is a mouth watering prospect.

      I’m not sure who is saying he’s a great cos he’s far from a great, he’s only just started his career… but it’s been one hell of a start. Fanboys of anyone are annoying so I’m with you there.

      • Ewan Leaper

        That’s absolutely fair mate, there’s a lot to like about him but you obviously understand that he has limitations. Facebook and even Sky Sports have been full of “Joshua has the potential to be one of Britain’s greatest fighters” and “Is Joshua the greatest British Heavyweight ever” polls, covered in replies from people saying he’d KO Tyson or Lewis in 2 rounds- I don’t mind a fact based argument but can’t stand this lack of objectivity. He’s good in an awful division, that’s about it.

        • ceylon mooney

          oh god, quality lewis would break him down and KO late rounds, and prime tyson would absolutely waste him. joshua would rethink his religion halfway thru the first round. absolutely NO comparison.

          hes in an awful division, and hes exciting to watch. i cant bitch about that, but damn … no hope against prime tyson or lewis, geez.

          • Koninbeor

            Joshua doesn’t beat Frank Bruno, much less Lennox Lewis. He may not have a lot of competition as one of the greatest BRITISH Heavyweights of all time but you’re completely right about Lewis.

            As for bring up Tyson and others, it just goes to show how weak the division is right now. There is so much difference between the top 5 and everyone else that it isn’t even funny. Wilder and Joshua have to fight each other for there to be a meaningful Heavyweight bout.

          • ceylon mooney

            but you can always make good matchups out of guys on the same level, even if they aint at the top. wasnt chisora-whyte good? wouldnt takam-brazzeale be worth it? how about povetkin-ortiz? heh heh heh they can BOTH fail another drug test! them two chinese heavuweights that are doin good? how about chisora-miller? ruiz-miller? that new polish-american guy against … someone?

            the fights are there, just most aint getting made.

          • Koninbeor

            Most fights aren’t really all that meaningful to the fate of the division but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun and worth seeing. All I meant is that the fate of the Heavyweight division is essentially in the hands of two guys.

      • ceylon mooney

        i do think wilder KOs fury.

        • Ewan Leaper

          I wouldn’t like to bet against Wilder with any of the current crop but I think a fit, non-insane Fury would outpoint or maybe even stop Joshua late. He was gasping up air by the mid rounds and becoming increasingly less dangerous against a guy that’s not in Fury or Wilder’s league, Fury’s much the better mover and provided he stayed out of danger until the middle of the fight he’d take over from there.

          Keep your eyes peeled for Daniel Dubois if you haven’t seen him already, he’s got the tools to become very good.

          • ceylon mooney

            on wilder:
            a povetkin might have the best chance against wilder. dude can move and close distance ok, and i could see him seizin a good opportunity. ortiz looked great against

            on fury-joshua:
            i see your points and have to agree. yeah i wasnt thinkin about that. i was thinkin mental/style stuff–i just dont see joshua giving a damn about furys clown act the way vlad froze up & did deer in the headlights for 12 rounds. i didnt consider joshua gassing out, and fury is DEFINITELY smart enough to help him. yeah, fury will successfully exploit that.

            im really curious about miller–what happens when he walks down someone not so easily rattled?

            man i never heard a that dubois–can you recommend a clip or two?

          • Kris

            Here’s a clip of Dubois, the kid has only just turned 20! He’s fighting lower ranked fighters, blasting them away. He’s got amateur pedigree, he also does the basics well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7p0qMHVbsY

          • Koninbeor

            Good share, Kris. I’ll have to keep an eye on him.

          • ceylon mooney

            thanks kris glad to have someone to keep an eye one here

            20 fights, 20 years old? man hell have a LOT of experience by the time he hits world class. oh wow–does warren really want him facin world class fighters next year? for real?

          • Kris

            20 years old, just! Still too young to fight for the British title! It would be nice to see him step up in class next year, but he does have time on his hands!

          • Ewan Leaper

            Sorry, thought I’d replied- Just put Daniel Dubois Highlights into YouTube and you’ll get most of his career in a couple of minutes, he’s 19-20 and 5(5)-0.

            I’m not sure about Miller, he’s some friggin’ size though!

  • learnmore

    I was listening to someone say last night that Dillian Whyte is just outside the top 10 & is short of elite. When you think of it, the Heavyweight division is recycling & its not obvious who are the names which fills the top 10 spot after the obvious choices, Joshua, Wilder, Povetkin but after that it gets difficult, most people will probably put Ortiz, Pulev, Parker next but when you think Ortiz has only beaten Jennings, Pulev last best win was Thompson many years ago, many thought H Fury beat Parker & Parker had close fights vs Takam and Ruiz jr. And where do you put the up & coming Heavyweights like Whyte, Miller, Kownacki, Breazeale vs the more experience ones like Takam, Wach. And the inactive ones like Jennings, Browne. I looked at RING & 2 other boxing rating sites to see what they think. This is my top HWs Joshua,Wilder,Povetkin & the rest of the 7 spot is open to whoever you want between Ortiz, Parker, Pulev, Breazeale, Whyte, Miller, Takam, Jennings, Browne, Chisora, Ruiz jr, Kabayel, Hammer, Wach, Bellew, Haye, Duhaupas, Scott, Martin, Molina.

    • Ewan Leaper

      Those names make for terrible reading…

    • Markus Roland

      That’s the saddest part for Joshua, after he fights Wilder, and assuming he wins, who’s left? Like I heard Hopkins rant about the other day, “It takes two to make one great.” None of those names will ever solidify Joshua as one of the greatest. There’s just no one around, we need more heavy weights coming out of the Olympics with medals.

      • learnmore

        Funny you say that, Saulerland promotion tweeted after Whyte v Helenius that they want to put Filip Hrgovic in with Whyte. Hrgovic won the 2016 Olympic Bronze medal, all of the 2016 Super Heavyweights medallist have turned professonal. Tony Yoka of France, Joe Joyce of Great Britain, Hrgovic of Croatia & Dychko of Kazakhstan. All unbeaten at the moment with a few fights

  • Left Hook2

    Bad stoppage…but I am glad the ref did. Takam showed no intention of actually trying to win the fight, and I hope he never gets on the big stage again. It was a good learning experience for AJ, who is still a little green. Even if he is the best current heavyweight, he still has room to grow.

  • Cashtime

    TYSON FURY!!!??? How in the world is he still listed as Chump by the Ring. What exactly is his excuse for holding hostage the Ring belt, if it even matters.

    • Wade Wilson

      I’ve asked this over and over. The best I can get out of it is that since he scheduled to fight twice then he gets a pass. If it’s the fact that he has mental health issues that really doesn’t fly as, while it’s totally legit, there’s no way to reasonably accommodate his disability with maintaining his title. It does take away credibility from The Ring title and the integrity of the magazine itself.

    • Koninbeor

      When you really think about it, he beat himself. That buys him about two years, right?

    • Filc Eldnar

      The Ring adheres to the idea of a “lineal champion” or the “the man who beat the man” concept. Tyson Fury, the worlds largest ballet dancer, is listed as the heavy weight champ because he took the belt from Wladimir Klitschko who took the belt from Lennox Lewis who took the belt from Hasim Rahman and so on all the way back to the first universally recognized heavy weight champion John L. Sullivan (1885–1892).

  • highlander

    interesting find from “boxing news”. apparently, the judges cards may have been filled out ahead of time!
    https://www.boxingforum24.com/threads/was-the-takam-joshua-fight-fixed.596196/

    • foeaminute

      I saw that too. It was really weird. I actually looked on my phone to make sure I wasn’t watching a delay.

    • Dee Money

      Yeah, I saw that as well and kept that in my mind during the fight. But as soon as the KD came it pretty much invalidated the cards (as they were scored with no deductions). Not to mention they were a lot closer than the actual fight.

      • highlander

        while takam was going to lose unless he landed a lucky punch, this does explain that stoppage. takam still was clear headed when the ref stopped it. if the fight had gone the distance, there would have been some embarrassment on why they were closer than it really was.

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    All the “champion fighters” are avoiding you though, Joshua.

  • Floridastorm

    Takam is a big puncher with many of his fights ending in KO’s. He was catching AJ with some good shots that AJ felt. AJ was tiring somewhat in the latter part of the fight and Takam could have caught him flush and either knocked him down or KO’d him. Also, Takam had been 12 rounds a few times where AJ had never been 12 rounds. The referee obviously was for AJ and showed it by the premature stoppage. That being said AJ is an excellent boxer/puncher who has never looked better in a fight, even against Vlad. He has matured into a true champion. Don’t know whether he can get by Wilder, though. Takam found openings for right hands. You don’t want to give that opportunity to Wilder.

  • Wade Wilson

    I had just gotten off a long flight when I sat down to watch this one and really didn’t see it clearly until just now but I’ll only say two things. First, Joshua wasn’t going to get credit no matter how it ended. Second, however you feel about the stoppage Takam should have been told that he had to go out and really get something done by not only the ref but also his corner.

  • Dee Money

    Looks like Joshua pulled a Roy Jones; according to compubox Takam did not land a punch in Rd 1. I will have to rewatch the round to be sure. Although obviously not as impressive as Jones’s as Rd 1 for so many has turned into walk around in a circle and don’t throw anything.

  • Left Hook2

    BTW..scoring any round for Takam is inexcusable. That is called relative scoring. Sure, he did better, but he was out punched and out landed by Joshua in every round…and it wasn’t even close. Round 9 was closest, where AJ was 40-12 vs Takam 30-6. Anybody who tells you Takam was competitive or coming on is trying to sell you something.

    • ceylon mooney

      wow.

  • ozzy

    Just re-watched the fight and of course the ref stopped it too early, however it must be said that Takam had took a helluva shellacking all night and in the tenth took 16 Joshua punches without reply, a couple of shots dipping his legs, which probably influenced the ref to make a wrong decision for both fighters.

    IMHO there’s a number of incorrect statements in the above article. For example the statement “From Round 7 on, the 254-pounder’s mouth was agape as his output dropped tremendously.” is a total exaggeration and misunderstands the situation Joshua was faced with.
    Takam’s head damaged Joshua’s nose with a head butt in round 2 that looked suspiciously deliberate to me, and from that moment Joshua couldn’t breathe properly through his nose and needed to breathe through his mouth at times. Joshua’s output did drop a tad after the 7th round but not “dramatically” and imo he kept a good pace for a heavyweight struggling to breathe properly and was still on the attack in the 10th when it was stopped. I have to wonder whether this author was trying to provide succour to Wilder fans or if his writing simply reflects an anti-AJ bias?
    Oh and by the way “Joe Blokes” should be “Joe Bloggs” LOL.