The unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua continued his domination with yet another impressive performance against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
The night of October 28 produced an enticing contest, with both boxers matching punch for punch as the fight lasted 10 rounds at the Wales-based arena.
In spite of suffering a suspected broken nose early on in the second round, Joshua maintained his composure and fought through the pain to outlast his rival, winning every round on his way to victory.
Flooring Takam in the fourth round, which brutally injured the Cameroonian-French star, who sustained a cut over his right eye, Joshua had the fight under control.
A slashing uppercut and a heavy blow to the face by the Brit in round 10 prompted the referee Phil Edwards to intervene and stop the fight, much to Takam’s dismay, handing Joshua the 20th win in his pro career.
However, the highlight came during the post-fight interview, when Eddie Hearn was called in after the 28-year-old finished with his duties.
It is a known fact that Hearn is considered among the boxing faithful as an antagonistic figure, a role the promoter himself relishes while managing his various high-profile fighters.
Joshua joined the 78,000 crowd at the venue in welcoming the controversial promoter with boos, which ended in both the fighter as well as the Matchroom Sport Group managing director bursting into laughter.
It was sarcastic at that moment from the champion, as 24 hours earlier, during the weigh-ins, he encouraged the crowd to cheer for Hearn, but the move garnered hilarious silence in return.
At the end of the gesture on Saturday, Joshua concluded by saying: “I’m just joking!”
Joshua promised a competitive campaign the upcoming year as he gears up for more high-profile bouts with Hearn, too, optimistic of fights against Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, or Tyson Fury becoming a reality.