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Anthony Joshua finds out he lost a round to Carlos Takam in the post-fight press conference

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After extending his boxing record to 20-0 and defending his IBF, IBO and WBA belts, you’d think Anthony Joshua had the perfect night.

However, his fight against Carlos Takam was probably a lot tougher than he expected.

Takam took him to the 10th round before the fight was stopped with Joshua looking to finish the job.

But there was something that irked ‘AJ’ after the fight.

During the post-fight press conference, Eddie Hearn was singing the praises of Joshua’s opponents - before letting slip that he might have beaten Joshua in one of the 10 rounds.

“He came very close to beating Joseph Parker in New Zealand,” Hearn said of Takem.

“And I think he won one round tonight on the cards.”

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That prompted a rather brilliant reaction from Joshua.

The champion looked shocked and asked “Did he?”

He clearly wasn’t too impressed.

Watch: Joshua reacts to losing a round

Take a look: (The video should start in the desired place but, if not, fast forward to 16:20)

And looking at the judges' scorecard, it seems Hearn was telling the truth.

While Ron McNair had given Joshua a perfect night with 90-80, Polish official Pawel Kardyni and Brit Michael Alexander had it 89-81.

Joshua is already looking at future fights

But after the fight, Joshua was just delighted to have overcome Takam and is already setting his sights on the future.

"I come to fight. I don't sit on the edge and make decisions," he said.

"It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam. People want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that's what I was trying to get to.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

"I'm not worried about 2018 because of the potential possibilities to come. I want the other two belts out there, whether it's Wilder first or Parker."

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