Joe Joyce stops Carlos Takam and remains set to face AJ vs Usyk winner

Battle of Britain is still on the cards! Joe Joyce stops Carlos Takam in the sixth round as the ‘Juggernaut’ preserves his status as WBO mandatory challenger to face winner of Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk

  • Joe Joyce beat Carlos Takam in round six to keep his Anthony Joshua hopes alive 
  • The 35-year-old hit a flurry of punches to knock out his opponent at Wembley
  • Joyce is the WBO mandatory challenger for the winner of AJ vs Oleksandr Usyk
  • The Londoner was hit hard in rounds one and three but hit back to win the bout  

Joe Joyce defeated Carlos Takam in the sixth round of their Wembley Arena contest – and the British heavyweight is ready for the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk next. 

The 35-year-old Londoner, who has now gone 13 professional boxing bouts without defeat, landed a series of punches on Takam in round six which forced referee Steve Gray to stop the fight as the French struggled to stand in the ring. 

Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren confirmed the 35-year-old is now the WBO’s new mandatory challenger to face the winner of Joshua or Usyk – and the ‘Juggernaut’ claims he is ready for the potential challenge of AJ. 

Joe Joyce made it 13 boxing fights unbeaten by knocking out Carlos Takam in the sixth round

The British heavyweight (left) left Takam struggling to stand at Wembley Arena on Saturday

He told BT Sport after his victory: ‘What I want is AJ or Usyk! I don’t need any more tests. I’ve started at the deep end and I’ve carried on at a steady trajectory.’ 

Joyce has now followed in the footsteps of fellow British heavyweights Joshua and Derek Chisora in beating Takam in recent years. He already has his eyes on Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium hosting the fight against either Joshua or Usyk.

Meanwhile, Joshua is set to take on Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, after the Watford-born boxer’s all-British unification fight with Tyson Fury was postponed.  

Alongside a picture of Joyce donning the new Arsenal shirt outside the Emirates, promoter Warren wrote on Twitter: ‘When they’re done with Spurs, The Juggernaut would like to invite Anthony Joshua or Oleksander Usyk to his patch… Let’s GO!’ 

Joyce is now set to face the winner of Anthony Joshua (left) and Oleksandr Usyk in September

Boyhood Arsenal fan Joyce (above) wants to face Joshua or Usyk at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium

Fury was ordered to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight, which was due to take place this weekend – but the Gypsy King tested positive for coronavirus so the contest has been rescheduled for October 9. 

The Morecambe-born boxer’s team are confident that a new fight deal with Joshua could be forged easily, should both Fury and Joshua win their autumn battles, though Joyce has now thrown his hat in the ring as a new British rival for AJ. 

The 35-year-old has retained the Commonwealth, WBC Silver and WBO International heavyweight titles he took off Daniel Dubois in November, while he also has an Olympic silver medal to his name in the super-heavyweight category. 

Joyce was hit by Takam (right) in rounds one and two but hit back in the third and fifth rounds

On Saturday’s fight with Takam, Joyce was hit by his opponent on several occasions in the first and second rounds, but made his own blows on the 40-year-old in rounds three and five. 

A counter-attack in round six left Takam struggling to stand up, though the French-Cameroonian boxer complained vigorously when referee Gray called an end to proceedings. 

Defeat for Takam ends a run of four straight victories since suffering back-to-back losses to Joshua and Chisora in 2017 and 2018.

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