Joshua battles to hard-fought win

29 October 2017 19:36:28 GMTPlus11

Carlos Takam is keen to fight Anthony Joshua again after the British boxer stopped the 36-year-old in the tenth round of their bout in Cardiff on Saturday.

Joshua had to dig deep before successfully defending his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles.

The 28-year-old was expected to easily beat an opponent who only took the bout at 12 days' notice but was given a battle and had his nose broken in the second round after an accidental clash of heads.

In the fourth round Joshua sent Takam to the canvas and the challenger was twice inspected by ringside medics before referee Phil Edwards ended the contest in the tenth.

Takam was unhappy with the decision though, saying afterwards: "I want a rematch. I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him. He is a great champion."

Meanwhile, Joshua said: "I come to fight. I don't sit on the edge and make decisions. It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam.

"People want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that's what I was trying to get to."

Meanwhile, Dereck Chisora is 1/1 to beat Agit Kabayel next weekend.

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