By stopping Carlos Takam in the Principality Stadium this Saturday, the three-belt heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua, confirmed his position in the division. Not only did he keep his record clean, but he also surpassed Mike Tyson’s best knockout streak at 19, by getting his 20th in a row.
After Saturday’s fight, Anthony Joshua set his gaze to his next targets which are WBC king Deontay Wilder and WBO champion Joseph Parker. The highly likely future unification fights are sure to be highlights of the following boxing year. Cardiff welcomed Joshua with a full stadium of over 75.000 seats and thunderous cheering.
Thunderous is not the word I’d use to describe the beginning of the fight though. Almost no punches were thrown in the whole round, which is definitely not the expected image from the explosive Joshua. The following round saw the young Brit return to his normal self and shake Takam, although he did suffer a headbutt from the four inches shorter Cameroonian-French fighter.
Takam continued to use the height difference those four inches provided to put in some hooks towards Joshua. Anthony was bleeding and going slow in the third round but blazed in the fourth, as he landed some vicious uppercuts which dropped Takam towards the end of the round.
The accumulated damage that was inflicted on Carlos sent him down, but he got up and survived the count. Joshua was relentless though, as he continued his attack and cut Takam’s right eye with a hook. The doctor was called in to check the fighter, he cleared him to fight, and the challenger refused to stand down even with the blood gushing from his cut.
The sixth round continued in the same manner, but the seventh did surprise. Takam landed a powerful right hand, showing his opponent his strength. Joshua replied with continued assault on his adversary’s body when in the ninth round the doctor returned, at which point both of Takam’s eyes were cut. He was cleared by the doctor and the fight continued.
Anthony struck a meaty left hook and yet still, the French-Cameroonian stood strong, confirming Joshua’s quote from a few days ago that he has a “head like a block of cement”. As the tenth round came, a furious offensive from the British fighter led to the referee stopping the fight, which received boos from the crowd and revolt from Takam.
What we can take away from this fight is that the challenger Takam was a very respectable opponent who, even when he took the fight on short notice, provided good opposition. Joshua, on the other hand, showed that even when he is not on his best form, is a force to be reckoned with.
The future holds exciting things for the British fighter with potential unification fights next year that will be the highlights of the boxing world. Keep track of the boxing world’s betting offers through some of the best UK betting sites.