Today at 5 pm ET on Showtime in the United States, Anthony Joshua defends his IBF and WBA heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam live from Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
The card also airs on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom, with undercard coverage starting at 1 pm ET.
Joshua (19-0, 19 KO) is the heavy favorite against Takam (35-3-1, 27 KO), and there’s no getting around that. But he’s also become a must-watch fighter in his short time as a professional, and is coming off of an instant classic against Wladimir Klitschko.
On the undercard, Kal Yafai (22-0, 14 KO) takes on Sho Ishida (24-0, 13 KO) for Yafai’s WBA super flyweight title ... Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KO) faces Robert Helenius (25-1, 16 KO) for the WBC “silver” heavyweight title ... Frank Buglioni (20-2-1, 15 KO) defends the British light heavyweight title against Craig Richards (10-0, 4 KO) ... and Katie Taylor (6-0, 4 KO) faces Anahi Esther Sanchez (17-2, 9 KO), with the WBA lightweight title at stake for Taylor. Sanchez missed weight.
Round By Round
Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam
Round 1: Joshua jabbing and poking early on, maintaining his distance, feeling it out. Takam shuffling around, looking for an in or something. Moving around a lot. Pretty much nothing in the opening round, but it goes to Joshua for landing a few jabs. Joshua 10-9
Round 2: Clash of heads early in the round, ref checks but doesn’t seem to be any significant blood. Joshua fires the uppercut, his money punch. Takam trying to get inside now, but he gets smacked with a right hand and a left hook that wobbles Takam just a little. Takam back to staying away in the second half of the round. Joshua 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Joshua with another right cross to start the round. Takam trying to throw inside, misses twice. Joshua still controlling the round again, but Takam is effectively staying away, if you want to call that something “effective,” which I don’t. Joshua trying to shoot the uppercut inside. Technically, I guess, a “closer round,” but still to Joshua. Joshua 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Joshua throwing in combination, trying to get something going. He’s not cutting off the ring so well in this fight. Takam isn’t really doing anything with that flaw, but it’s something he’s put on tape for future opponents if nothing else. Takam with a right hand, Joshua back with an uppercut and another shot. Takam cut over the right eye now, dripping down into his eye pretty heavily. Referee takes a look as Takam paws at it. Joshua literally smelling blood, it seems, as he starts to open up with both fists. HARD left hook and Takam’s glove touches the canvas! It’s a knockdown! He takes a count, but will fight on. Joshua charging in to follow up, but the round ends, saving Takam. Joshua 10-8, 40-35
Round 5: Takam coming out trying to lead the offense, but it backfires quickly. Joshua’s aggressive stance and style just overwhelms Takam every time Takam tries to take the initiative. Action gets stopped momentarily to take a look at the cut in the corner, but we resume. Joshua jabbing. Takam throws three punches, none get home. Joshua goes body-head in close, Takam holding his ground. Takam slips a couple shots in the phone booth. Joshua 10-9, 50-44
Round 6: Takam with some nice work in this round, especially to the body. Joshua still jabbing away. I like Takam’s effort in this round but he’s still getting picked off and picked apart, and I can’t swing it to his side. Joshua 10-9, 60-53
Round 7: Joshua has only gone this far twice, against Whyte and against Klitschko. He had more trouble in both of those fights, I’d say — not that Whyte really super tested him, but I think he’d done more than Takam had by this point. Takam’s gotten here being “tricky.” Takam landing some shots again this round, though, and you have to like what he’s still trying to do these last couple of rounds in particular. He hasn’t waved the white towel. Joshua still in control, though. Like last round, I respect what Takam is still doing, but Joshua is winning the rounds anyway. I will say Joshua looks like he’s tiring just a bit. Joshua 10-9, 70-62
Round 8: This isn’t quite the electric atmosphere of past Joshua fights, not even counting the Klitschko bout, which was special in every way. But there are over 75,000 in the building, so. Something of a dull round. Frankly has become something of a dull fight. Joshua 10-9, 80-71
Round 9: Bernstein questioning whether or not Joshua’s career-high weight has had a bad effect on him today. Maybe. Worth wondering, at any rate. I’m gonna give Takam this round. I could have given him the sixth or seventh, maybe. In theory I could have given him three by this point. Takam 10-9, Joshua 89-81
Round 10: Joshua finds a couple shots in the first half of the round, Takam holding on and trying to stand his ground. Halfway in, Joshua lands another shot and the referee steps in to stop the fight. Awful stoppage, frankly. Joshua TKO-10