Takam Blames Referee For Loss To Anthony Joshua, Seeks Rematch

Cameroonian-born French boxer Carlos Takam has called for a rematch with unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Takam’s protest for a rematch comes as he claimed referee Phil Edwards stopped his fight against Joshua too early.

The 36-year-old French man lost to the Nigeria born-British boxer via technical knockout in round 10 of their world heavyweight title fight in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday night.

Reacting to the loss, Takam, who was a late minute replacement for injured Kubrev Pulev, expressed sadness that the referee decided to stop the fight in the tenth round.

“No, I don’t think so,” Takam reacts when asked if the referee’s decision to stop the match in the 10th when Joshua swung a flurry of punches on him was fair to him.

“I don’t know why the referee stopped the match. I respect the champion and the UK fans, they are great fans and I am happy to box here. I do not know why they stopped it.

“I want a rematch; I make my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want a rematch, I want to box him again, I want him, he is a great champion.”

The crowd in Cardiff erupted in a chorus of boos when the challenger was stopped in the 10th round, with Joshua having already knocked him to the canvas in the fourth.

But a Former super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch, who partially disagrees protests says he understands why the referee stopped the fight.

“He was definitely saved from further punishment,” Froch told Skysports.

“I think the sensible people that watch boxing would not argue with that stoppage.

“The barbarians, and I’m a barbarian – I like barbaric finishes and I have always done. But the fight could have gone on so it’s subjective.”

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