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Anthony Joshua reacts to the boos at the finish of his victory over Carlos Takam

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When IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua made his spectacular entrance in front of 78,000 fans at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, it was obvious we were in for something special.

After collecting 19 knockouts in his 19 bouts thus far in his career, the Watford-born fighter has arguably become not just Britain's most revered boxer, but the world's.

AJ's knockout style and overall nice guy charisma is why people pay their hard-earned money to watch his fights. It's also a reason why he has sold out Wembley and the Principality Stadium.

And AJ gave us plenty of reasons to keep watching him during his victory over the Cameroon-born Frenchman.

While the first round was far from spectacular, Joshua looked to set the tone in the second and it took a piece of bad luck - or a naughty act from Takam - to set him back.

Joshua would knock Takam down in the fourth round and he also opened up a terrible cut under the challenger's right eye which all but signalled the end for Takam.

However, despite cutting Takam's other eye as the fight went on, the Frenchman stood firm and gave as good as he got.

The bout would end up going to the 10th round before the referee intervened and stopped the fight and the fans in attendance were not happy at all.

Joshua was asked how he felt the boos after his win and the crowd let him know why.

"As I said, I have no interest with what's going on with the officials, that's not my job," Joshua said. "My job is to worry about my opponent. I was watching him, I was trying to break him down round by round and unfortunately, the ref stopped it. But, I think people wanna see Takam unconscious on the floor, am I right?

"Ok, Ok - now I understand! And that's what I was trying to get to. 10 rounds, 11 rounds, 12 rounds - we was getting there. But like I said, I don't have control over the ref's decision. So, we get the win and now we're on to a positive 2018."

Joshua moves on to bigger and better things now, but a lot of respect has to go to the heart and bravery of Takam.

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