CARLOS TAKAM has claimed the referee stopped his fight against Anthony Joshua too early… and wants a rematch.
The crowd in Cardiff erupted in a chorus of boos when He was stopped in the tenth round, with Anthony Joshua having already knocked him to the canvas in the fourth.
Takam, 36, looked in trouble – battered and bruised – in the latter stages of the fight at the Principality Stadium, but was on his feet when the ref called it a day.
Now the Frenchman has said he would love a rematch against British star Joshua… if he’ll give it to him.
After the fight, Takam claimed: “I don’t think [the referee should have stopped the fight].
“I want the rematch if Anthony gives me it. He is a great champion.”
On the fight, Joshua had his say – suggesting he felt it was called too soon, while adding a fight with Deontay Wilder “has to happen”.
Joshua said: “I come to fight, I don’t sit on the edge and make decisions.
“It was a good fight until the ref stopped it – I have the utmost respect for Takam putting on a good show.
“[Wilder fight] has to happen for sure. But it comes to a decision where the IBO, WBA and IBF that have mandatories.
“Providing I am free, I can’t fight Joe Bloggs from anywhere – I have to fight championship fighters. These are fighters I have to compete with.
“Now there are belts on the line there are obligations as champion, and once I fulfil those my door is open to any challenger. It’s no problem.”
Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn claimed Joshua must surely fight Wilder in the coming months.
Hearn said: “AJ wants the belts. Deontay Wilder vs AJ has to happen. (TheSun)