Nigeria's Anthony Joshua Defeats Carlos Takam To Retain World Heavyweight Titles - Photos

at 09:44 AM, 29 Oct 17 (3 weeks ago)
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Anthony Joshua retained his two heavyweight title belts here last night 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.

Joshua had thrown everything at the super-sub with the tank-like physique and granite chin, but he was beginning to tire when Edwards stepped in to bring the fight to a close, much to Takam’s fury.

At the end of it all the young man who is fast becoming a superstar now has a record which reads: 20 fights, 20 stoppages.

There were mitigating circumstances as Joshua had his nose broken in the second round by Takam's forehead, although he had recovered sufficiently by the fourth to ensure his French-Cameroonian opponent had to take a standing count after being knocked down by a left hook.

The punch opened a nasty cut above Takam’s right eye, and he was twice inspected by the ringside physician before it was all over.

When it was finished, Joshua addressed the 80,000 crowd, looking forward while paying due respect to his opponent.

"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 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.”

Holyfield was not a bad comparison, and Joshua certainly learnt again from this performance. His ears may still be ringing from the screams of trainer Rob McCracken, who consistently urged his charge to box and not go for the knockout punch.


Takam, his face bloody and cut, was a warrior to the last and he was deeply vexed by the stoppage.

"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.

willyking at 10:18 AM, 29 Oct 17 (3 weeks ago)
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Congrat man...
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JennyOstore at 10:52 AM, 29 Oct 17 (3 weeks ago)
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Quote from: sunset49 on 10:26 AM, 29 Oct 17
good! congratulations Cheesy Cheesy 
why do you always put German flag to ur comment?are you are German?do you even have real document to live there legally?you are on assy so that makes you a Nigerian.
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WhaleDog at 11:11 AM, 29 Oct 17 (3 weeks ago)
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He won convincingly and that’s just a perfect way to win against a tough and studded chin as Takam.Joshua beat hell out of him and it was a deserved victory .Fans always want to see one btw d fighters to be dead before calling a fight off ,a good referee will step in to safe a fighter for another day not fight to end a career that goes on .Good refereeing.

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proly at 02:44 PM, 29 Oct 17 (3 weeks ago)
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Congrats
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gogoman at 03:04 PM, 29 Oct 17 (3 weeks ago)
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Weldon FEMI
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kixme at 11:17 AM, 15 Nov 17 (6 days ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes JOSHUA blow carry question mark....ask this guy
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