Cameroonian heavyweight continued the enhancement of his reputation with a definitive points victory over seasoned world title challenger Tony Thompson at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Hauts-de-Seine, France.
The 33 year-old, who recently pushed formidable Cuban Mike Perez to a draw in Canada, largely out-worked the older Thompson over the twelve rounds to record a 119-109, 117-111 (twice) victory on the judges cards.
With the win, five-year undefeated Takam improved his record to 30-1, whilst the ‘Tiger’ Thompson was defeated for the just the fifth time in his 44-fight career. Respected Thompson will be upset at going down for the third in his last six contests though, but no doubt will be ready to lace up the gloves again soon.
Takam is now in line for a potential world title eliminator following what will be looked upon as his greatest victory to date, whilst questions will be asked of Thompson, 42, and where the knowledgeable American goes from here.
There has been some talk that the rejuvenated David Price will be hoping for a third meeting with Thompson after losing out twice previously to the veteran puncher, with any ensuing payday likely to be too good to turn down for the enigmatic southpaw.
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