Anthony Joshua earns 20th knockout in a row by stopping Carlos Takam in Cardiff
Anthony Joshua surpassed Mike Tyson’s knockout record by stopping Carlos Takam in the tenth round in Cardiff at the Principality Stadium. The three-belt heavyweight world champion moved to 20-0 as a professional and extended his knockout streak to 20. Tyson’s best ever streak was 19 and Joshua is now just one behind Frank Bruno’s record of 21.
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(Picture: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge) (Picture: Reuters/Peter Cziborra) But, the electricity of the entrances failed to sweep into the ring as the opening round saw barely a punch thrown. It was an unusual approach from the normally explosive Joshua, but the second saw the return of something more like the Brit boxing fans has fallen in love with. Joshua rocked Takam, but also fell foul of a nasty headbutt up against a fighter four inches smaller than him.
(Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire)Takam was using the height difference to his advantage as he sliced some hooks onto Joshua as the Brit moved in and out of range. With blood coming from Joshua, he was slow going in the third, but Joshua exploded into life in the fourth. Joshua was looking and finding a home for several uppercuts and sent Takam crashing close to the end of the round.
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It was a culmination of damage on Takam that sent him to his knees, but he beat the count and survived the round. Joshua went back to the hooks with a nasty cut on Takam’s right eye and soon the doctor was called to check on it. Blood was pouring from Takam’s eye, but he was cleared to continue. Joshua moved in up close, but a very game Takam invited him on and refuse to give in.
It was the same story in the sixth and then out of nowhere in the seventh, Takam reminds Joshua of his power with a crunching right hand. Joshua returned to working Takam’s body before again the doctor was called in the ninth round. At this stage, both eyes of Takam’s were cut and swelling badly, but the doctor decided he was fit to continue.