Anthony Joshua defeated Carlos Takam with a tenth round technical knockout at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff last night to retain his three world heavyweight titles, leaving 78,000 fans booing at the Referee’s decision to stop the fight after a brave display from the France-based Cameroonian boxer, Takam.
Before the fight Joshua had told the media:”Before I left I said a little prayer, no matter if the guy is an ant or King Kong, you have to take him seriously and find a way to beat him.”
Joshua’s nose was cut in the second round by the head of Takam, 36, who replaced Kubrat Pulev 12 days before the bout.
Joshua, 28, then cut Takam’s eye in the fourth round, but it took until round 10 for the Cameroon-born boxer to be stopped.
“No, I don’t think so,” he says. “I don’t know why the referee stopped the match. I respect the champion and the UK fans, they are great fans and I am happy to box here. I don’t why they stopped it.
“I want a rematch, I make my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want a rematch, I want to box him again, I want him, he is a great champion.”
And after the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn had this to say: “AJ’s told me he wants the belts. Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua has to happen.
“There’s also a great heavyweight called Tyson Fury. Anthony Joshua will give you the fights you want. Wilder, Fury, Joseph Parker – they’re the 2018 fights.
“I don’t think we should go abroad. Anthony Joshua will fight anyone.”