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Joshua Defends Three Titles

Joshua Defends Three TitlesJoshua Defends Three Titles

British boxer Anthony Joshua defended his IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight titles by stopping his challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in Cardiff Principality Stadium in Wales on Saturday.

Unbeaten champion Joshua opened up a dreadful cut above 36-year Takam’s right eye in the fourth round and although the durable France-based Cameroonian battled on the fight was halted by referee Phil Edwards after a series of heavy blows, Reuters reproted.

It was far from a straightforward night for Joshua. However, as the 28-year-old appeared to suffer a broken nose in the second round twisting the fight for him after an accidental clash of heads with his shorter and lighter opponent.

Takam, who stood in 12 days ago after Joshua’s original opponent Kubrat Pulev suffered an injury in training, proved he is a worthy challenger and was still throwing punches despite blood streaming from his eyes for half of the fight.

Joshua did force a standing count in the fourth but never totally dominated a wily opponent who clearly disagreed with Edwards’s decision to end the contest. It was only the second time he had been stopped in 40 fights.

“It was a good fight until the referee stopped it so I have the utmost respect for Takam,” former Olympic champion Joshua, who took his record to 20-0, said in the ring.

Joshua began in cagey fashion with neither fighter landing a serious blow in round one. He sprang into life and dominated the next few rounds and cut Takam with a stinging right hook in the fourth before briefly flooring his opponent.

It looked as though the fight would be stopped as Takam struggled to see through the blood, but the underdog showed tremendous courage and asked serious questions of the champion whose nose injury affected his breathing.

Joshua was not at his fluent best but was way ahead on the scorecards when he put together a sustained attack in the 10th to convince the referee to intervene.

 

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