Anthony Joshua’s perfect start to his career remains intact, as he defeated Carlos Takam via a 10th-round technical knockout on Saturday night at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
The bout ended in semi-controversial fashion. Joshua had opened up deep gashes over both of Takam’s eyes over the course of the fight, and they were dripping blood as the heavyweight champion kept the pressure on. In the 10th, Joshua unloaded on Takam, wobbling him with a powerful right hand. The referee quickly stepped in to stop the fight even though Takam was still dodging punches and had his hands up.
Joshua retained his IBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles with the win and moves to 20-0 with 20 stoppages in his career.
The 28-year-old Englishman was originally supposed to fight Kubrat Pulev, but the Bulgarian contender had to bow out earlier this month after injuring his shoulder
So Takam (35-4-1, 27 KOs) stepped in as a late replacement, willing and able to take on one of the most fearsome fighters in boxing. Joshua, who had spent months preparing for a different fighter in Pulev, was kept off rhythm for much of the bout, but his power and counterpunching were far better than what Takam could bring. However, the 36-year-old Cameroonian-born Frenchman showed incredible toughness and probably could’ve kept going had the referee not intervened.