Recap: Joshua Defeats Takam

Anthony Joshua successfully retained his IBF, WBA, and IBO heavyweight championships on Saturday night, defeating Carlos Takam via 10th round TKO at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

While a lot of credit among the boxing community went to Takam for his ability to take a punch, the fight was mostly dominated by Joshua, as only two rounds seemed like they could have been given to Takam.

The opening round was fairly quiet, with Takam doing a lot of moving around the ring. Takam utilized the jab to bloody up Joshua’s nose in the second round, as well as make him eat a hard body shot. But this may have just woken up the champion, however, as Joshua came out firing in round three, scoring several key combinations and hard punches.

Joshua continued his onslaught into round four, where late in the round, he rocked Takam to the point Takam’s glove hit the canvas, scoring Joshua a knockdown. Takam’s right was so battered to the point where the referee had to check it out during the fifth round.

As the fight crossed the halfway point, Joshua seemed to be getting a little tired, as it’s rare for any of Joshua’s bouts to go long, only getting into the tenth round and beyond once entering this fight. As Takam showed off his iron head, he also took advantage and landed several noteworthy punches.

The doctor was called over to check out Takam’s eye once more before the ninth, and once again the fight would go on. But at this point, it was the beginning of the end, as Joshua had taken back control. Then, in the 10th, Joshua landed several unanswered shots that forced the referee to step in. However, many in the boxing community were outraged, stating that Takam was not in as bad a condition as the ref thought, and that Takam’s toughness warranted him the chance to go the distance.

Takam also was unhappy about the stoppage, and he made it clear after the fight that he wants another crack at Joshua and the titles.

But regardless, Joshua got the 10th-round TKO.

After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned three names in Joshua’s plans for 2018: Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury.

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