Joe Joyce once again proved his mettle, as the 35-year old stopped Carlos Takam in the sixth round to defend his British, Commonwealth, WBC silver, WBO International, and European Championship to set up an epic clash against the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyl set to go down this September. However, many boxing and were not too impressed with Joe Joyce’s performance, additionally, raising their eyebrows on the “early stoppage.”
— Richie Bradford (@Richie___B) July 24, 2021
Joe Joyce is far from world level ????????????
— Jake Messenger (@JakeMessenger97) July 24, 2021
Joe Joyce punches are super slow but land like a ton of bricks
— listo (@bandido530) July 24, 2021
It won’t be wrong to say that Carlos Takam gave Joyce one of the toughest challenges of his professional career, as the Cameroonian-born-French boxer dominated Joyce for the better part of the fight for as long as it lasted.
Joe Joyce stops Carlos Takam inside SSE Arena in London
Takam managed to land several right hands on Joyce, who looked slow, and a little ineffective with his jabs this time around. Additionally, Takam was able to dig deep into Joyce’s body, and landed several overhand rights to put the champion on backfoot.
— ???? Ayo Bakare ???? (@AJBakare) July 24, 2021
I love watching Joe Joyce but if someone who knew nothing about boxing asked me how good he was, I’d have no clue how to answer. I have never seen a boxer that fights like this before. Slow as coastal erosion, easy to hit, but it doesn’t seem to matter #JoyceTakam
— Ben Goodwin (@PunchDrunkBen1) July 24, 2021
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— Bobby Nwanze (@bitznbobz_) July 24, 2021
However, a case can be made that it is Takams early onslaught his ability to land his harder shots that must have swayed many fans in the favor of Takam whenever he gets stopped.
However, to see Joyce send Takam on wobbly feet, and then follow it up with a flurry of shots did give the idea that Takam looked done in the sixth round. Additionally, there’s only enough damage a boxer at 40-years old should be taking, so or the referee to make that decision only shows concern and not deceit on any part.
People may criticise Joyce there but once he adjusted to the smaller guy and went to the body he done well. Stoppage maybe a little early but Takam stopped throwing back and was getting caught heavy. Rather stop it slightly early than too late @BTSportBoxing #JoyceTakam ????????
— Paul Edwards (@PaulEddie84) July 24, 2021
Definite early stoppage for a warrior like takam . Let it roll a bit longer ????????♂️
— Rob G (@Rob_G1979) July 24, 2021
Stoppage tad early, I like joyce seems a nice a guy but hes too stiff, i know its easy to say sat in my chair but if he loosen up a bit and with the power hes got he could be dangerous
— paul (@pauledwin86) July 24, 2021
Stoppage slightly early but when a fighter doesn’t hit back, refs make a decision… I think Takkam was a victim of his own style maybe… Joyce was hit far too often by a 40 year old heavy weight, worries me slightly. Fair play a wins a win
— SimsAVFC (@AvfcSims) July 24, 2021
Takam’s output evidently slowed down as the rounds progressed, sending a clear indication of the 40-year olds’ conditioning. One can not deny Joyce’s power as well, who once staggered the boxing veteran with a powerful body shot, and rocked Takam with that final 1-2, before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.