Anthony Joshua has defended Phil Edwards decision to halt the fight in the tenth round between himself and Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium.
The Brit retained the IBF, WBA and IBO world championships with a controversial stoppage with boos ringing around the venue.
WBN participated in the post press-conference. About those jeers from the fans the Londoner said:
“I was delivering: I put him down, I hurt him, I slashed both of his eyes, he was bleeding. My shorts and boots were pure white and now they’re pink. People wanted to see him unconscious and I was trying, but the ref’s job is to let the fighter live on another day.
“Takam was showing the ref his eyes were nearly hanging off from the cuts, they were deep. When he was stopped he wanted to carry on: that’s a fighter’s instinct. Twelve rounds is fine, the stoppage is fine: I’m happy I got the win and can move on,” he added whilst wiping his nose with a towel.
Joshua insisted it was a mature performance and it was vital he didn’t force the KO. “You always have that instinct you want to hurt your opponent. I saw Takam was hurt a few times but didn’t want to go steaming in; I wanted the knockout to come naturally.”
He admitted he had to change the course of his tactics though, after an accidental headbutt saw blood spilling out of the champions nose.
“You really want 10 minutes to get yourself together, and it was managing it through the rounds because it was ready to start gushing with blood. (On his difficulty whilst breathing) a little bit.
“I’m happy the win’s secured and we’re moving on.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95