Joe Joyce has kept his perfect pro boxing record intact with his sixth-round TKO victory over Carlos Takam.
Joyce and Takam did battle inside the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, England. Takam had success early in the fight, landing his right hand several times. Joyce wasn’t fazed by the clean shots, however, and wasn’t afraid to move forward. Joyce seemingly weathered the storm after the second round.
Joyce had Takam on shaky legs at the beginning of the sixth round and unloaded on punches. While Takam didn’t go down, he looked to have slowed down considerably and wasn’t throwing punches back. That was enough for the referee to stop the fight. Takam vehemently protested the stoppage.
Take a look at the finish courtesy of the official Boxing on BT Sport Twitter page.
After the fight, Joyce made it clear who he’s gunning for next.
“Well, what I want is AJ or Usyk.”
Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. His next challenger will be Oleksandr Usyk on September 25. Joyce expressed his belief that he doesn’t need any more tests before fighting the winner of Joshua vs. Usyk.
Joe Joyce is hoping to fight the winner of Joshua vs. Usyk inside Emirates Stadium (via BoxingScene).
“That would be a great one for the history books and there is a first time for everything. The Emirates is an amazing stadium, so I am looking forward to it happening hopefully.”
With Usyk getting a crack at Joshua, Joyce is the mandatory WBO title challenger. Time will tell how far off Joyce is from the WBO forcing his mandatory championship opportunity. In the meantime, he can enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Joyce’s record stands at a perfect 13-0. He has finished his last three opponents. As for Takam, he now falls to 39-6-1. His four-fight winning streak has been snapped.