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Frank Warren gives his verdict on Anthony Joshua after Carlos Takam fight

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Although Anthony Joshua beat Carlos Takam on Saturday night, you sense the 28-year-old failed to enhance his burgeoning reputation.

This wasn’t a spectacular victory by any stretch of the imagination; it was more a case of ‘job done, let’s all move on’.

Joshua was 1/33 on to win the fight before entering the ring - and as short as 1/50 with some bookmakers - but Takam, who accepted the bout at short notice after Kubrat Pulev pulled out through injury, put up a better battle than most people had anticipated.

Joshua eventually saw off his opponent in the 10th round but even then the stoppage was controversial.

Boxing fans expressed their disbelief when referee Phil Edward stopped the fight, with many claiming Takam should have been allowed to continue.

Joshua unconcerned by stoppage

"I have no interest for what's going on with the officials," Joshua was quoted as saying by Sky Sports when asked about the stoppage. "My job is the opponent.

"I don't have control over the ref's decision.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

"It was a good fight until the ref stopped it. I have the upmost respect for Takam."

Frank Warren on Joshua v Takam

The YouTube channel iFL TV interviewed promoter Frank Warren earlier this week to get his thoughts on Joshua’s latest victory.

And the 65-year-old made some excellent points.

“I really thought AJ would have got rid of [Takam] a lot quicker but he didn’t,” Warren said. “There was only ever going to be one winner unless AJ ran out of gas. He got caught quite a few times in the fight and that, for me, is a potential chink in his armour.

“When I look at Joseph Parker fighting Takam, I thought Joseph Parker did a better job. I really do think he done a better job.

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“You expect AJ to beat a 36-year-old guy who’s come in as a last-minute substitute - why wouldn’t you expect that?

“But to compare Takam with Evander Holyfield… come on now, give me a break. If AJ had been in there with Holyfield, Evander Holyfield would have come out with a belt.”

Warren: Comparisons with Muhammed Ali are crazy

Warren also believes people are mad to compare Joshua with the great Muhammed Ali - and once again, it’s hard to disagree with his argument.

“He must get embarrassed, AJ, that people compare him to [Muhammad] Ali,” he added.

“Let's be realistic. He's a good young fighter, Anthony, but he ain't no Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali was around for a long, long time, not (just) three fights.

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“The one thing he hasn't got, which Muhammad Ali had, is one of them [points to his chin] because he gets caught. It's being disingenuous to Anthony.

“Some of these guys need to calm down. You’ve got eyeballs, watch what you’re seeing.”

Video: Warren on Joshua

Watch Warren's comments on Joshua in full by skipping to 7:23 in this video...

Now, would Warren be saying this if Joshua was one of his fighters? Of course not.

However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that most of what he’s saying is pretty much spot on.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

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