The world heavyweight champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua has again given the Nigerian Government a reason to cheer him up the more as he knocked out renowned Cameroonian boxer, Carlos Takam.
Carlos Takam, who had recorded 35 wins and just 3 losses in the 39 fights as a professional since 2005, got his fourth loss against the American born Nigerian Joshua.
At the round 10 challenge for Joshua’s fourth world title defence was set at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, the Ogun state Governor Ibikunle Amosun, the state where Joshua was said to have his background, and Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Sport travelled to the UK to witness their ‘son’’s boxing event.
Although, the unbeaten Joshua suffered a suspected broken nose after a head clash in the second round, but gradually
broke down the brave resistance of Takam to bring up his 20th straight knockout win.
The Cameroonian-French only stepped in just with 12 days’ notice to challenge the IBF and WBA ‘super’ heavyweight champion as replacement for Joshua’s
mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Pulev was forced to withdraw through injury but with almost 80,000 tickets sold, the show had to go on.
Joshua allow opened up a huge cut above Takam’s right eye which threatened to end the fight.
The challenger was cleared to continue by the doctor and he went on to put up an impressive challenge – despite being cut over both eyes by the latter stages.
Joshua eventually stopped his game opponent in the 10th round when the referee stepped in – but the decision looked controversial.
Joshua will now target unification clashes against fellow champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker next year.