ANTHONY JOSHUA hopes to fight again in early 2018 – March or April was mentioned by his promoter Eddie Hearn – after confirming that his nose is not broken following a bruising tussle with Carlos Takam.
The WBA and IBF heavyweight champion bludgeoned the brave challenger to defeat in the 10th round, referee Phil Edwards stopping the bout at 1-34, but not before Takam’s head had smashed into Joshua’s nose early in the second round.
“With the old headbutt, you don’t see it coming,” Joshua explained. “It’s harder than a punch because it’s bone on bone. But everyone did a good job in the corner and controlled the bleeding. It was just getting through that round, because the referee doesn’t give you [time to recover]. You really want 10 minutes, just to get yourself together and clean yourself up. But it’s an experience, it happens in a fight. I had to make sure I didn’t take a silly shot because it was ready to start gushing with blood but they managed it in the corner.”