Anthony Joshua had predicted it would take him ten rounds to defeat Takam, the Parisian jackal with a cement head.
Well, he was right, although the Champion Anthony Joshua had not been allowed to finish the job.
The Afro-Frenchman was bleeding from cuts above both eyes as Joshua unloaded in the 10th round under the roof of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Anthony Joshua would retain his belts and move to 20-0 with 20 knockouts, even if this was hardly the display that many observers expected. Despite the ill-timed stoppage, Joshua was the deserving winner and surely would have won on the merits.