News | Oct 29 2017

Anthony Joshua defends referee’s stoppage as he retains titles with win over Takam

Anthony Joshua had endured a frustrating night when the resilient Takam resisted heavy punishment until referee Edwards intervened in the 10th round
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Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam - IBF & WBA World Heavyweight Titles  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ANTHONY JOSHUA defended referee Phil Edwards’ decision to stop his WBA and IBF heavyweight title fight with Carlos Takam despite refusing to celebrate when he did so.

The 28-year-old had endured perhaps the most frustrating night of his career when, in his 20th fight, the resilient Takam resisted his heavy punishment until Edwards intervened in the 10th round. France’s angry Takam, 36, immediately spoke of his desire for a rematch having protested at the stoppage, which led to booing from some of those in attendance.

Joshua also suffered a heavily swollen nose, which doctors have confirmed is not broken, on the same evening his ring entrance music and some of the Principality Stadium’s screens cut out as he walked to the ring.