Anthony Joshua held his IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight titles when he ceased bloodied challenger Carlos Takam in the tenth round in Cardiff on Saturday.
Unbeaten champion Joshua opened up a loathsome cut over 36-year Takam’s correct eye in the fourth round and in spite of the fact that the tough France-construct Cameroonian combat with respect to the battle was stopped by official Phil Edwards after a progression of overwhelming blows.
It was a long way from a direct night for Joshua in the Principality Stadium, be that as it may, as the 28-year-old seemed to endure a softened nose up the second round after an inadvertent conflict of heads with his shorter and lighter rival.
Takam, who remained in 12 days back after Joshua’s unique adversary Kubrat Pulev endured damage in preparing, demonstrated a commendable challenger was all the while tossing punches in spite of blood gushing from his eyes for a large portion of the battle.
Joshua forced a standing tally in the fourth however never completely commanded a wily adversary who obviously couldn’t help contradicting Edwards’ choice to end the challenge – just the second time he had been ceased in 40 battles.
“It was a decent battle until the point that the ref ceased it so I have the most extreme regard for Takam,” previous Olympic champion Joshua, who took his record to 20-0, said in the ring.
“I have no enthusiasm for what is new with the authorities, that is not my activity. I think individuals need to see Takam oblivious on the floor, and that is the thing that I was attempting to get to.”
Joshua, who was battling out of the blue since his epic triumph over Wladimir Klitschko in April, started in cagey form with neither one of the fighters getting a genuine blow in cycle one.
The battle took a contort in cycle two when Takam’s head banged into Joshua’s nose, influencing the Londoner to jump.
Joshua sprang into life and ruled the following couple of rounds and cut Takam with a stinging right snare in the fourth before quickly flooring his adversary.
It looked just as the battle would be ceased as Takam attempted to see through the blood, however the underdog demonstrated colossal boldness and made genuine inquiries of the champion whose nose damage influenced his relaxing.
Joshua was not getting it done but rather was route ahead on the scorecards when he set up together a maintained assault in the tenth to persuade the refree to mediate.
The Briton said he needed to go up against American WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder.
“AJ’s disclosed to me he needs the belts. Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua needs to happen,” promoter Eddie Hearn said.