Carlos Takam wants Dillian Whyte next after beating Yoka
By Sam Volz: Carlos Takam says he wants Dillian Whyte next following his upset 10 round split decision victory over 2016 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka last Saturday night at the Zenith de Paris-La Villette, Paris XIX, France.
The 42-year-old Takam performed like a fighter in his early 30s as he battered the 6’7″ Yoka (11-2, 9 KOs), sending him down to his second consecutive defeat and putting his once-promising career in doubt.
Takam (40-7-1, 28 KOs). feels that a fight between him and the 34-year-old Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) would be a huge one for the UK, and it would be a highly entertaining match that British boxing fans would love to see.
Whyte will not likely agree to a fight with Takam, especially after watching his performance against Yoka. Even if Whyte had been interested, he would have scared him away after witnessing Takam’s domination of Yoka.
Whyte is waiting to face Anthony Joshua in a rematch in July in a stadium fight in the UK. Promoter Eddie Hearn has already repeatedly said that Joshua would fight Whyte next, provided he wins his April 1st fight against Jermaine Franklin at the O2 Arena in London.
Takam’s fight with Yoka was scored as follows:
- 96-94 – Takam
- 96-94 – Takam
- 96-94 – Yoka
The win for Takam snapped a two-fight losing streak to Arslanbek Makhmudov and Joe Joyce.
“My ambition isn’t really money. My ambition is I like boxing, I like that sport. I like to be in the ring. I’ve liked that sport since I was a little boy,” said Carlos Takam to iFL TV when asked what his ambition is now for his career.
“I still have a couple of fights before stop fighting. I really want to come back to the UK to fight. I fight anybody in the UK. I fight Chisora. I fight Joshua. I really want to fight that big boy, Dillian Whyte,” Takam continued.
“I really want to fight Dillian Whyte. That’s going to be a good fight an a good test. I want to come to the UK and speak to you about some fight. I’m sure we’re going to give the fans in the UK a really big boxing fight. I’m ready for you. If you’re ready, let me know. I’m hoping I’m in the UK soon for a big fight.
“Me and Tony [Yoka] sparred when he was preparing for the Olympic games. He was not a professional. I helped him prepare for the Olympic games. It was not the same. It’s not the same as before. He changed.
“I know he’s a very dangerous boxer, and I know how he fights. So I prepare. My coach in France knows Tony. He knows how Tony fights, so he tell me how to do. I know it’s not going to be an easy fight.
“How are you going to ask do I want to fight? I’m not done yet. I’m still here. I still want to fight,” said Takam.
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