Anthony Joshua retained his two heavyweight title belts after beating Cameroonian-French professional boxer Carlos Takam on saturday night via a technical knockout after the challenger sustained a heavy cut to the eye early on, but this was a far from convincing performance, with many in the Principality Stadium feeling referee Phil Edwards had acted prematurely in stopping obdurate opponent Carlos Takam in the tenth round.
The 28 year old was taken to the 10th round before stopping Carlos Takam and retaining his WBA and IBF heavyweight titles in front of an estimated 75,000 fans in Cardiff ,The referee ended the fight in after Joshua who had injured his nose from a headbutt in the second round attacked Takam with a hook-uppercut combination and was heading further to land more blows..
The the British boxer has earned a 20th straight win that likely set him up for a unification fight in 2018 with either WBO champion Joseph Parker or WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Takam was fighting at 12 days’ notice – as an injury replacement for Kubrat Pulev – and lived up to his reputation as a tough opponent, absorbing big shots by Joshua and making himself tough to hit with his movement, the French-Cameroonian opponent Takam took an eight count in the fourth round after toppling from a left hook by Joshua, and fought on with a cut above his right eye that twice required treatment.
Joshua addressed the 80,000 crowd, looking forward while paying due respect to his opponent after the fight .
“What do you want, UK fans ? Wembley, Cardiff ? Las Vegas ? I just want to keep the sport growing,” he said over the microphone, the entire stadium roaring to his every word.
“I was trying to break him down round by round,” Joshua said. “Unfortunately, the ref stopped it. I think people want to see Takam unconscious on the floor. That was where I was trying to get to. I don’t have control over the ref’s decision.”
“I don’t know why the referee stopped the match,” he said.
“I didn’t have control of it, it was the ref’s decision [to stop the fight]. Respect to Takam. He was like Evander Holyfield, ducking down, popping up.” he added.
Joshua was fighting at the heaviest weight of his professional career – 254.8 pounds (115.6 kilograms) – and predicted a grueling slog against an experienced opponent that gets in close and works the body.
Takam’s said, “I want a rematch, I make my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want a rematch, I want to box him again, I want him, he is a great champion.
“I don’t know why the referee stopped the match,” he said. “I respect the champion and the UK fans, they are great fans and I am happy to box here. I don’t why they stopped it.