Tough Cameroonian Carlos Takam went down fighting on Saturday night in a display many thought wasn’t possible against Anthony Joshua.
A 19-pound weight difference on the scales led many, including UK bookmakers, to predict an early knockout for Joshua. Takam proved everyone wrong, though, by lasting ten rounds with the all-conquering champion.
Even when Takam was finally taken out, the timing of the stoppage was questioned as referee Phil Edwards seemed a little hasty in calling a halt to proceedings.
Takam was never in a position to win – and by all accounts had lost every round, but should have been given the opportunity to complete the fight if possible.
Two bad cuts, especially one over Takam’s right eye, were the culprits as the France-based challenger was waved off in the tenth round.
At 36, Takam can live to fight another day though and would be a potential opponent for the likes of Dereck Chisora, Lucas Browne and Dillian Whyte in the future.
A return to the UK seems a no-brainer for Takam judging by the appreciation shown, not only by Joshua but the British fans in Cardiff following what was a dogged performance against the world number one.
Previously, Takam had gone the full twelve rounds with Joseph Parker in a drab affair, an encounter which will now be forgotten as the saying goes, ‘you’re only as good as your last fight’.
Promoter Eddie Hearn seemed impressed by Takam’s guile and bringing him over to UK shores again in 2018 could firmly be on the cards.