Joe Joyce overcame a game Carlos Takam to win via a controversial TKO sixth round stoppage. Joyce secures himself as the next WBO mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s world title.
Takam started the brightest with good head movement and he was able to test Joyce’s granite chin numerous times in the early rounds. Joyce started slow but he soon began to stamp his authority on the fight as Takam began to tire. Takam’s punch volume and head movement reduced as the rounds pasted by.
At the start of the sixth round, Joyce delivered a powerful left hook to Takam which rocked the Cameron-Frenchman. Joyce continued to unload punches with the aim of ending the fight, as Takam staggered and tried to close the range down.
With Takam not fighting back and Joyce continuing to throw bombs, referee Steve Gray decided to wave off the fight. Takam was furious with the decision and made his feeling known to the referee.
Joyce remains unbeaten and moved his professional record to 13 fights with 12 knockouts.
In the post-fight interview, Joyce called out the winner of the Joshua vs Usyk fight, which is set for September 25th
‘What I want is AJ or Usyk. I don’t need any more tests. I’ve started at the deep end and I’ve carried on at a steady trajectory’