Joshua wins in Cardiff to go 20-0!
World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua extended his undefeated streak in Cardiff on Saturday night with a TKO victory over Carlos Takam.
Joshua is now 20-0, and he also maintains his 100% knockout record after the fight was stopped midway through round 10.
Many people, including the 78,000 capacity crowd inside the Principality Stadium thought the stoppage was somewhat premature, but in hindsight, Takam was struggling to defend himself so the referee had no real alternative but to stop the fight.
Takam had suffered a severe cut above his right eye in the early rounds, and the referee was forced to call a Time Out on more than 1 occasion for the doctor to have a look, to see if Takam could continue. It was deemed that he could, despite the copious amounts of blood that was coming from above his eye. He later suffered another cut above the other eye due to a right hand from Joshua midway through the fight, and Takam was being patched up at the end of every round.
However, Joshua was not without his own injuries throughout the fight. In Round 2, Takam was ducking and weaving to avoid the advances of Joshua, and it seemed almost inevitable that there would be a heavy clash of heads at some point, and so it turned out to be.
Takam’s head caught Joshua right on the nose, which clearly hurt Joshua as he grimaced heavily.
It was clearly an accidental clash, but it gave Joshua an almost certain broken nose. He had a bloody nose for the rest of the round, but this was as bad as it got for Joshua.
Most fans and pundits alike thought this fight would have been over early, seeing as Takam has just 12 days to prepare for this fight after Joshua’s original opponent Kubrat Pulev was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury whilst sparring in training.
So the fact that Takam, who was next in line to face Joshua, had less than a fortnight to prepare for this fight, it showed how well he was doing, to get through to the latter rounds of the fight.
In fact, the fight went all the way to round 10, where after a good combination of shots from Joshua, meant that Takam with his back to the ropes, was struggling to defend himself. At this point, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight, despite the protests of Takam, and the boos of the capacity crowd. Takam, was convinced he could continue further, but with the severe cuts above both eyes, particularly the right eye, meant that the referee in hindsight has little other option but to stop the fight. There was the risk that Takam could have got seriously hurt if he had been allowed to continue. The referee could be seen saying “No More” to Takam as he stopped the fight. This did give a bit of an anticlimactic feeling to the fight, and the crowd were keen to show their displeasure.
So Anthony Joshua is now 20-0, and he also maintains his 100% knockout record, even though this was a Technical knockout rather than a full knockout. This was certainly nowhere near the spectacle of the fight against Vladamir Klitchko back in April at Wembley, but it was a fight that was required, and keeps Joshua’s brilliant record intact.
His next opponent is yet to be confirmed but it looks as if it will be American Deontay Wilder, who is the WBC Heavyweight Champion. He has held this title since 2015, and at the time became the first American Heavyweight Champion in 9 years. He also boasts an impressive record. In 38 fights, he is undefeated, with 37 of those wins coming by knockout.
Wilder will be a much tougher opponent for Joshua if and when the fight happens, but it is sure to be a momentous occasion!
It is also worth mentioning that on the undercard earlier in the night, Irish fighter Katie Taylor won her first World Title by beating Argentina’s Anahi Esther Sanchez on points to win the WBA World Title. Sanchez was guaranteed to lose the title anyway, as she sensationally failed to make the weight limit at the weigh in on Friday. She was only half a pound over the 9st 9lb limit, but that was enough to mean that even if she had won the fight, the title would have been vacated. As it turns out Tayler was too strong for Sanchez anyway. She knocked the Argentine down to her knees with a savage shot to the body midway through round 2, and from that point onwards she was never really troubled, and won with unanimous points victory.
Anyway, for Anthony Joshua, he remains undefeated and was never really troubled in Cardiff. His fights in 2018 though should be very exciting, especially if he also fights Tyson Fury which is also strongly rumoured. And with all the bad blood that has been going back and forth between the two of them on social media, that would surely be an absolute classic!