Joe Joyce vs. Carlos Takam – live results
By Mark Eisner: Joe Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) used his size and high-pressure offense to wear down and halt Carlos Takam (39-6-1, 28 KOs) in the sixth round of a scheduled 12 round fight in heavyweight action on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in London, England.
Joyce, 35, hurt Takam with a big left hook to the head in the sixth round. He then went after the 40-year-old, nailing him with heavy shots.
Moments later, Joyce stubbed the drunken-looking Takam with another big hook that sent him backward. The referee then stepped in and stopped the fight with Takam still on his feet but looking in bad shape.
The time of the stoppage was at :49 of round six. With the victory, Joyce retains his WBO mandatory status to stay in line to challenge for a world title at some point in the future.
- Undefeated WBO European junior middleweight champion Hamzah Sheeraz (13-0, 9 KOs) beat Ezequiel Gurria (15-2, 3 KOs) by a fifth round knockout. Sheeraz knocked Gurria down twice in the fifth round to get the stoppage victory. The referee called a halt to the conte2:23.
- In what could be the mismatch of the night, undefeated welterweight prospect Sam Noakes (7-0, 7 KOs) obliterated the hapless journeyman Naeem Ali (2-71-1, 1 KO) by a second round knockout. The fight was halted after the second due to the 26-year-old Ali suffering a nose injury. This was one of those fights where you just ask ‘why?’ Noakes is capable of doing better than this. Thus far, the match-making for this card has been nothing short of atrocious.
- Heavyweight David Adeleye (7-0, 6 KOs0 stopped journeyman Mladen Manev (3-10, 2 KOs) in the fourth round. Adeleye had his way tonight, treating Manev like a punching bag, dropping him twice in the fourth round to get the knockout. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:54.
- Ekow Essuman (15-0, 6 KOs) put on a punching dis[laying in taking apart the game but limited Chris Jenkins (22-4-3, 8 KOs) in stopping him in the eighth round to capture the British & Commonwealth 147-lb belts. Essuman unloaded everything but the kitchen sink on Jenkins in the 8th round, forcing the referee to step in to halt the contest.
- In a one-sided fight, WBC International super bantamweight champion Chris Bourke (10-0, 6 KOs) took James Beech Jr (12-2, 2 KOs) took to school, beating him by a one-sided ten round unanimous decision. The judges had it 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92. Boxing News 24 gave every round to Bourke, who was too talented for Beech Jr tonight.
#2 WBO Joyce is coming off an eight-month layoff since his tenth round stoppage win over Daniel Dubois last November.
Recently, Joyce was in the position to face #1 WBO Oleksandr Usyk, but the fight failed to happen after Anthony Joshua’s undisputed clash between him and Tyson Fury crumbled.
Joyce vs. Takam how to watch
Tonight’s fight between Joe Joyce and Carlos Takam will be shown on FITE PPV and on BT Sport. The location of the fight is at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, England. The start time is at 2:15 p.m. ET.
The full Joyce – Takam card for tonight:
- Joe Joyce vs. Carlos Takam
- Chris Jenkins vs. Ekow Essuman
- Hamzah Sheeraz vs. Ezequiel Gurria
- Chris Bourke vs. James Beech Jr
- David Adeleye vs. Mladen Manev
Those two were going to fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14th, but Fury lost his arbitration case in the U.S and was subsequently ordered to defend against Deontay Wilder. So instead of Joyce fighting Usyk, he’s now fighting Takam.
It’s arguably an easier fight for Joyce than the one he was hoping to take against Usyk, but it still won’t be easy. Takam can punch, and he’s in excellent condition.
In the last seven years, the 40-year-old Takam has lost to Derek Chisora, Joshua, Joseph Parker, and Alexander Povetkin. However, Takam has looked good lately, winning his last three fights.
Takam: We’re going to war
“I’m here to fight Joe Joyce in London,” said Takam to Secondsout. “I’m ready for that fight. He’s a big guy; I hope he’s ready.
“That fight isn’t going to be an easy fight against me. We’re going to go to war. When we were face-to-face, he looked like he wanted to fight me right now.
“I was ready to fight right there now. I’m ready for everybody. Not only for Joe Joyce, but Anthony Joshua or Fury, I’m ready.
“We’re going to see who wins that fight. If I beat Joe Joyce, I’m going to be in a good position now.
“If I win against Joe Joyce, I’m going to be in a good position. I have some good motivation for that fight. I don’t want to lose that fight. I’m here to win,” Takam said.
It will be brutal inside the ring tonight for both fighters, particularly the shorter guy Takam. He’s going to have to find a way to get past the powerful jab of the 6’6″ Joyce to land his shots. That’s not going to be easy to do.
Joshua rematch on Takam’s target list
“I really think it’s going to be Joshua. So I want it to be Joshua. I want Joshua,” Takam said when asked who will win in the Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight.
“I want to finish my business with him. Yes, it’s going to be Joshua. Yes, for the Joshua fight, I would have liked to have had more time to prepare.
“When they sold me about that fight, I had 10 days, 7 days, 10 days to prepare for that fight. That’s not an excuse for that fight. I accepted that fight because I know who I am.
“The only thing I don’t accept about that fight is how it finished. Why did the referee stop the fight? That was what I never accepted because I asked the referee many times, ‘Why did you stop the fight?’
“He never answered me. He never gave me the reason for why he stopped the fight. That’s why I say I never finished the business with Joshua.
“Look, all my fights I lost, I want to make a rematch, but they never want to fight me again because they know what’s going to happen if they fight me.
“They never want to fight me again. They know it. They never want to fight me again. If you beat me two times, I’m going to respect you.
“If you beat me one time, I’m going to say, ‘Come back again, and we’re going to see what happens the next time.
“The camp was good. I had good sparring for that fight. I had a good guy that trained me, pushed me.
“I’m really happy with my preparation and ready for the fight, yes,” said Takam.
Winning tonight will make Takam the WBO mandatory to champion Anthony Joshua. From there, Takam will only need to wait for his title shot and not lose his mandatory status by fighting someone and getting beaten.
If you’re Takam, it might be a good idea to take a soft stay busy fight while he waits for the smoke to clear from the Joshua vs. Usyk and Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 fights.
Tonight, Joe Joyce and Carlos Takam will be battling it out on BT Sport in a 12 round fight with the WBO mandatory position on the line at the SSE Arena in London, UK.
Joyce (12-0, 11 KOs) comes into the fight a heavy favorite over #14 WBC former world title challenger Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs).
Boxing News 24 will be giving live updates of the action below along with the Joyce vs. Takam headliner.
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