British Heavyweight Joe Joyce announced his arrival to the big boys class with a six round stoppage of Veteran contender and former title challenger Carlos Takam on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena, London.
The stoppage looked a little too early and was contested by Takam who actually believed he was having a good fight and the stoppage was a little too premature.
Watch Video Highlights — Joe Joyce Vs Carlos Takam 24th July
Takam started out the smarter fighter and showed better work rate than Joe Joyce in the opening round clipping the “Juggernaut” with over hand right hands and some good work to the body.
Takam clearly won the first two rounds as the second round was clearly a repeat of the first round. However, in the third round Takam still did his thing but Joyce was able to hurt him with a big shot towards the end of the round.
Takam was active up to the fifth round but slowly showed he was tiring out and Joyce gradually began to connect more showing there was a gradual shift in momentum. Early in the sixth round, Joyce landed a series of unanswered punches then complemented it with a big left hook that forced the fight to an abrupt end.
Joyce retained his unbeaten record with the knockout victory and with that sent a big statement as he looks set to mingle in the title mix. Joyce will replace Oleksandr Usyk at the WBO No.1 spot ones the former undisputed Cruiserweight champion is given his overdue mandatory shot at Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight titles.