Anthony Joshua: I Don't Have Control Over The Referee's Decision

By Elliot Foster

Anthony Joshua was forced to overcome pain and suspected injury to retain his world heavyweight titles.

The Finchley puncher kept hold of his WBA Super, IBO and IBF crowns with a 10th round stoppage of Carlos Takam, who took the fight on just 12 days’ notice, at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Joshua suffered a potential broken nose in just the second round, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office, and was forced to fight through pain and hurt before the referee Phil Edwards had seen enough and called a halt to proceedings after a minute and 34 seconds of the round.


Takam, who is a proud citizen of France, was cut by right eye in round four and complained. There was blood pouring from the eye and he was in severe discomfort.

He was floored in that round but saw it through, to his credit.

Tony Bellew, who was ringside for Sky Sports, was telling Joshua –– who had to deal with the doctor looking at Takam’s eyes on several occasions after he was cut to the left eye too –– to keep the pressure on his foe.

The pressure continued throughout and the end came in the 10th.

“It was a good fight until the ref stopped it,” said Joshua, “and I have the upmost respect for Takam.

“I have no interest for what’s going on with the officials. My job is to focus on the opponent.

“I don’t have control over the ref’s decision.”

He continued: “It feels like my nose is broken. Imagine if it’s broke and I couldn’t breath and he started catching up in the middle rounds?

“It would have been a disaster, so I kept my cool. You have to control these situations because, if I showed any signs of weakness, the ref could have jumped in.

"Now there are belts on the line, there are obligations as champ."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kiowhatta on 10-29-2017

In Championship fights, referees are supposed to give each fighter more chances to recover from a knockdown or injury, this was clearly typical of a trend in boxing with over-anxious ref's jumping in more to save their own career's than…

Comment by ArtyApe on 10-28-2017

[QUOTE=Johnny_Roa;18170048]Yes, i do agree Joshua was gassing badly (although he struggles like that in his fights) but Takam wasnt gonna stage a comeback. I thought the stoppage was fine because Takam was in the verge of getting hurt badly, even…

Comment by Johnny_Roa on 10-28-2017

[QUOTE=ArtyApe;18169827]Dude was still ducking and weaving lol I'd agree with you if he wasn't moving and was not putting up much resistance then clearly tko should be awarded. But Takam was still in there still going, Aj on the other…

Comment by devildg on 10-28-2017

the stoppage was premature. however he was taking a beating. I dont know about you, but theres no reason for me to enjoy someone like Takam being knocked out unconscious. No one needs to see that. if it was Adrien…

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 10-28-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18169767]There's always some Tard screaming "corruption!" Joshua won every round - the fight wasn't close - nothing really controversial about it. McGregor was stopped for less.[/QUOTE] You are right 100%. I wanted this fight to go the distance, to see…

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