Anthony Joshua secured the 20th victory of his career against Carlos Takam on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old outclassed the Frenchman, who put up a better fight than many had predicted, and sealed a TKO in the 10th round.
However, many boxing fans felt referee Phil Edwards stopped the bout too early and took to social media to express their dismay. Takam enhanced his reputation with a spirited performance but the stoppage divided opinion, with some people inside Cardiff’s Principality Stadium even booing the decision.
"I want a rematch,” Takam, per BBC Sport, said after the fight. “I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him. He is a great champion."
However, Joshua is unlikely to agree to a rematch against an opponent he was expected to defeat comfortably. He now has bigger names in his sights.
"The possibilities are bubbling nicely in the distance," Joshua commented. "I'm not worried about 2018 because of the potential possibilities to come.
"I want the other two belts out there, whether it's [Deontay] Wilder first or [Joseph] Parker."
Wladimir Klitschko posts tweet about Joshua
Many people expected to see a more emphatic victory from Joshua; however, Wladimir Klitschko was clearly impressed with what he saw from the Watford-born fighter.
The Ukrainian legend, who was beaten by Joshua in his final fight back in April, posted a tweet about the Brit on Monday morning.
“Congrats Champ,” the 41-year-old tweeted, “and keep on punching!”
The mutual respect between these two is very real.
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Lennox Lewis also saw the positives
Klitschko, as a former heavyweight champion, is acutely aware that very few fights are easy at the highest level.
This sentiment was also echoed by Britain's former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who said: “This was just the type of fight, experience and adversity that Anthony Joshua needed.
"He wasn't at his best, but you won't always be - and it's those times you have to find a way."
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