British World Heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua successfully defended his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles on Saturday following a tenth-round knockout victory over French challenger, Carlos Takam.
The 28-year old emerged victorious at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff after what some described as a 'controversial' 10th-round TKO to pick up his 20th knockout victory in 20 bouts.
Both men enjoyed a fine start to the bout with Joshua and Takam going head to head from the kickoff.
Joshua damaged his nose early in the fight following a head collision with the Cameroonian-born boxer [Takam] in the second round, however, he rallied around to deliver a hook that damaged Takam's eye and sent him to the floor in the fourth round.
Takam, 36, was inspected by ringside medics twice during the fight and was eventually overpowered by the Watford-born champion in the 10th-round when British referee, Phil Edwards decided to intervene to the dissatisfaction of some of the crowd who felt the decision was premature.
Joshua following his 10th-round knockout victory said he had "no interest" in what the officials do. According to Joshua, people wanted to see Takam unconscious on the ground and that was what he was aiming at even before the referee decided to end the fight.
"I just worry about my opponent. Unfortunately, the ref stopped it. I think people wanted to see Takam unconscious on the floor, am I right? He was getting there. I didn’t have control over the ref’s decision. We get the win and now we look forward to 2018'.
“I come to fight. I don't sit on the edge and make decisions. It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam. People want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that's what I was trying to get to".
Takam following the bout pointed out the Joshua was a "great champion", adding that he wanted a rematch with the Briton. According to the French challenger, he had just 12 days to prepare for such a big fight which was not enough time.
"I want a rematch. I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him. He is a great champion".
BBC boxing correspondent, Mike Costello revealed that he was in support of referee Edwards' stoppage decision. Costello emphasized that Takam was already bleeding too much and could barely see so it was ideal for the referee to call the game at that point.
"I don't have a problem with it. Surely with the blood flowing the way it was, Takam could barely have seen. I've seen too many sob stories at this stage of a fight for me to complain about that stoppage".
Joshua remains undefeated in 20 fights with 20 knockout victories to his blooming career.
Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn has stated that a meeting with WBC champion, Deontay Wilder is next on the cards with Joshua's coach, Rob McCracken hoping for a bout with WBO king, Joseph Parker.
Joshua while commenting on Eddie Hearn and Rob McCraken's statement said;
"The possibilities are bubbling nicely in the distance. I'm not worried about 2018 because of the potential possibilities to come. I want the other two belts out there, whether it's Wilder first or Parker".
The British boxing champion has now picked up two victories in two bouts this year with a victory in April over retired Ukrainian boxer, Wladimir Klitschko and now Carlos Takam.
Congratulations to Anthony Joshua on successfully defending his World Heavyweight Titles.
Check Out Unofficial Scorecard for Each Round Below:
Round One: Joshua 10-9 Takam (Joshua 10-9 Takam)
Round Two: Joshua 10-9 Takam (Joshua 20-18 Takam)
Round Three: Joshua 10-9 Takam (Joshua 30-27 Takam)
Round Four: Joshua 10-8 Takam (Joshua 40-35 Takam)
Round Five: Joshua 10-9 Takam (Joshua 50-44 Takam)
Round Six: Joshua 10-9 Takam (Joshua 60-53 Takam)
Round Seven: Joshua 9-10 Takam (Joshua 69-63 Takam)
Round Eight: Joshua 10-9 Takam (Joshua 79-72 Takam)
Round Nine: Joshua 9-10 Takam (Joshua 88-82 Takam)
Round Ten: TKO (Joshua Wins)
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