News | Oct 29 2017

Anthony Joshua avoids broken nose and is eager to return in early 2018

Carlos Takam's concrete head did not break Joshua's nose after all
Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam
Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam - IBF & WBA World Heavyweight Titles

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.”