Joshua finally overcame Takam in the 10th round.

Anthony Joshua's ring-walk vs Carlos Takam didn't go to plan

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Carlos Takam can hold his head high after his fight with Anthony Joshua.

Nobody gave the 36-year-old any chance, but he proved to be an outstanding warrior by taking AJ to the 10th round.

Joshua suffered the first real blow as he looked to have broken his nose early on after a clash of heads.

However, Takam was soon clearly struggling as a cut to his eye obscured his vision. In fact, his corner were undoubtedly considering retiring him early as he seemed unable to continue.

Ultimately, the Frenchman deserves full credit for going further than anyone expected - especially as he took the fight at just 12 days' notice when he replaced the injured Kubrat Pulev.

As for Joshua, he had to really work for his victory. In the build-up, all the talk focused on him knocking Takam out in the opening four or five rounds, so he may not have been anticipating such a battle.

The night didn't go entirely to plan from the off, as fans noticed something bizarre about the British fighter's ring-walk.

The 2012 Olympic champion usually enters to fireworks and a huge scene, but instead, there was a moment's silence as his music didn't come on.

A very awkward ring-walk 

According to the Sun, while it initially appeared to be for dramatic effect, it soon became clear it was a technical glitch that had messed things up.

The sound system was switched back on in time for Michael Buffer to do the announcements.

It certainly didn't go down well in the arena, as a boisterous Cardiff crowd made their feelings known.

They were later irked by the manner in which the fight ended, as some felt the referee pulled Takam out a little early, though ultimately he was taking a battering by the final rounds and it was for his own safety.

Do you think the fight was stopped too early? Have your say in the comments. 

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