The two heavy-hitters shared ten uneventful rounds on the Jean Pascal v Lucian Bute undercard in Quebec, with the end result providing more drama than the whole 30 minutes put together.
Perez was coming into the fight just two months on from his upsetting fight with the stricken Magomed Abdusalamov, whose name was etched in his shorts on the night, with some suggesting that it may have been too soon for the undefeated fighter.
After a bright start, Perez faded badly towards the end of the contest at the Bell Centre as Takam piled on the pressure to in my view force a draw. There was an outcry in the Canadian audience though at the time as fans clearly thought Takam did enough to take the decision to inflict a first loss on Perez’s record.
Takam, 33, made no complaints at the time, despite the 96-94, 95-95 (twice) scorecards, and hopes to lure Perez back into the ring for a second instalment if willing.
“I respect the decision,” Takam told World Boxing News.
“A lot of people thought I won that fight and many of them came to talk to me after the fight, so of course I made me wonder about the draw. However, I don’t want to contest the decision and I still respect it, I am just disappointed.
“If have no ides if the Abdusalamov fight affected him as that is something you would have to ask him, but I’d really like a rematch. I mentioned this to Perez after the fight, so now I guess it’s his decision.”
Failing a successful campaign for a return fight, Takam would have no problem mixing it with some of the fighters alongside Perez in the Top 10 rankings as the 31-fight veteran makes more plans for 2014.
“There are many very good heavyweights I’d like to fight, ultimately all the best ones in the world,” said Takam. “But if I had to start somewhere, I’d like to fight Manuel Charr or Tyson Fury.
“I have a lot of things I want to achieve, but our sport can be very random so all I can hope for is to fight the best guys in the world.
“I want to spread my name out of Africa and France and make myself known in Northern America and in Europe in order to compete for bigger fights.”
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