Barely five months after stunning the world to knock out Wladamir Klitschko in an epic bout in front of 90,000 spectator’s at Wembley Stadium in April. The 28 years old Joshua retained his IBF world title and added WBC ‘super’ belt on that occasion.
Carlos Takam surfaces in September to challenge the Briton for the Heavyweight title. It was a surprise to see Joshua return to the ring this soon as he accepted Takam challenge and the fans were excited with high expectation to witness another classic bout.
With expectations that the bout will be an easy one for defending Champion Joshua in front of 70,000 spectators at the Principality stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Takam came into the fight composed and imposed a great challenge which caused Joshua lot of problem with his good defensive move and body jabs all through the fight. Joshua was a bit slower than we use to see him, but notwithstanding he was dictating the fight for most of the rounds.
Joshua controlled the pace of the fight and in Round 4, he landed some good punches that eventually took the Frenchman to the ground sustaining with a cut over his right eye. Takam began bleeding but his doctors inspected his eye, and cleared him to continue with the fight.
Takam continues to stay on his feet all through with his defensive tactics and it was eventually working for him as Joshua began to get tired and in the 9th round, Takam lunges forward and land an overhand right but seems to slip off Joshua. He continued with four successive landing punches and Joshua with no answer on that occasion and the crowd were surprise, as Takam won that round on points.
Controversy strikes in Round 10, as Joshua began the round smarter with full control rushing in on Takam, landing some great punches which left the Frenchman helpless with no immediate defence and the referee came between the two men to stop the match. Although Takam still looked well balanced to continue and didn’t seem in any position to reach the ground with great disappointment on his face.
The reality, though, was that he was all but defenceless by then and he posed very little danger to Joshua anymore. He wanted to carry on but the referee did the right thing in sparing him further punishment.
Joshua defeated Takam with a TKO to retain his world titles and the victory sees him maintained a perfect record of 20 fight, 20 win and 20 TKO.