JOSHUA WINS: Carlos Takam Bravery takes him to 10th round but referee stopped fight as Takam cut above eye poured blood

Anthony Joshua has won the fight against Carlos Takam with a 10th round stoppage and defend his IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles in front of 75,000 crowd at the Municipality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Joshua always looked in command but it took longer than expected for him to dispose of a very stubborn and brave Takam.

Joshua was expected to win the fight inside first 6 rounds but Carlos Takam had other ideas. He took the punishment which came his way with bravery but a cut above the eye in early rounds was always going to make life difficult for the frenchman. Referee had to stopped the fight in round 10 as Takam was struggling to see the punches.

Whats Next ?: was the question on everybody’s lips after the fight and Joshua named three fighters he would like to get into ring with. Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker.

The match-ups also depend on IBF, WBA and WBO mandatory fights and both Joshua and Eddie Hearns mentioned Wilder, the fight every body wants to see which will give Joshua an oppertunity to unify the heavyweight division by winning WBO belt from american Deontay Wilder sometime in 2018.

Until than, Joshua wants to take a short break, fix his nose, heal and return to training in couple of months time. So we are looking at April 2018 the earliest we can expect Joshua to be back in the ring.

Anthony Joshua is set to defend his IBF and WBA World heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam on Saturday, 27th October 2017 at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Its a makeshift fight as Joshua was originally suppose to fight Pulev who had to withdraw because of injury. This fight is build up largely as a tune-up to Joshua’s proposed clash against fellow heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder which is expected sometime in 2018. Joshua vs Takam will be broadcasted in the UK on Sky Box Office.

Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam TV Coverage: Sky Box Office coverage for the big night on Saturday, 27 October 2017 starts with several undercard fights at around 18:00 uk time and the PPV is priced at around £19.95 / €24.95. In the co-featured events Kal Yafai taking on Sho Ishida for WBA super-flyweight title and Dillian Whyte to take on Robert Helenius for the WBC silver heavyweight belt. Katie Taylor also fight on the undercard against Anahi Esther for WBA lightweight.

Below is the fight night schedule of entire fight card leading up all the way to main-event between Joshua vs Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE
COVERAGE STARTS  06:00 pm uk time on SkySports 1 and Sky Box Office
PPV Encryption title The coverage begins at 06:00 p.m uk time but it will go encrypted available for only PPV buyers at around 07:00 p.m uk time.
fight 1 Joshua Buatsi v Saidou Sall ( starts at around 06:00 p.m uk time)
fight 2 Joe Cordina v TBA (06:45 p.m uk time)
fight 3 Lenroy Thomas vs Dave Allen (07:30 p.m uk time)
fight 4 Frank Buglioni vs Craig Richards (8:15 p.m uk time)
fight 5 Katie Taylor vs Anahi Esther (09:00 p.m uk time)
fight 6 Dillian Whyte vs Robert Helenius (09:45 p.m uk time)
fight 7 Kal Yafai vs Sho Ishida (10:30 p.m uk time)
Main-Event Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam (not before 11:30 p.m uk time)

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UK viewers can watch the fight live on Sky Box Office HD but they will have to pay around £19.95 for nights coverage on top of their monthly SkySports subscription. While US viewers can watch the fight live on Showtime regular channel (non-ppv).

Looking at the undercard and considering Anthony Joshua’s past performances this fight card is totally worth the money for UK viewers. Joshua is hoping to use this fight as tune up for what will be another major heavyweight bout against Deontay Wilder sometime next year.