Joe Joyce maintained his winning streak as he stopped Carlos Takam in the sixth round to defend his Commonwealth, WBC Silver, and WBO International heavyweight titles. Needless to say, a fight against the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk is on the cards for the British boxer.
Once again, Joyce displayed his rock-solid chin and his incredibly calm composure, following with his lethal jab that seemed to take the fight away from Carlos Takam as the rounds moved forward.
Joe Joyce gets a hard-fought stoppage win over Carlos Takam
Carlos Takam landed the powerful shots in the first round, however, once again it was Joe Joyce’s beautiful jab that was on display against a very dangerous Carlos Takam to close the first round. It won’t be wrong to say that Takam won the first round, landing more powerful shots.
Going into the second round, once again Takam went heavy on Joyce, however, an improved timing from Joyce kept Takam guessing. The Cameroonian-born French boxer landed some beautiful body shots, eating some real heavy shots once again in the second round.
In the third round, it was a more aggressive Joe Joyce who connected a vicious body shot to open the third round. However, once again it was a swinging right hand from Takam that kept bothering the Commonwealth champion. It was a better round for Joyce, however, Takam’s power shots got the reaction of boxing fans, with Joyce trying to walk through a very dangerous Takam. The third round was Joyce’s best round.
Going into the fourth round, it was once again Carlos Takam targeting the body of Joyce and once again landing a combination of shots right on Joyce’s chin.
No doubt, Takam landed some powerful shots, lunging for an overnight hand. However, a calm and collected Joe Joyce made great use of his jabs, however, once again eating some powerful shots from Takam. Needless to say, a lot will depend on the conditioning of Joyce, who will look to put his leg on the peddle going forward.
In the fifth round, Joyce started with jabs once again, with Takam visibly bothered by the distance management of Joyce. However, the former Olympic champion, well aware of Takam’s power, looked more calculated and steady in his approach than the last few rounds.
Joe looked more in rhythm, and showed huge improvement, with the output from Takam visibly on the low in the fifth round.
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Joyce started the sixth round with a vicious left hook, visibly putting Takam on wobbly feet. While it was a great effort from Takam, the damage looked to be too much on the 40-year old veteran who gave a tough challenge to Joe Joyce.
Winner: Joe Joyce via Stoppage in the Sixth Round