At the Resorts World Catskills Epicenter on Saturday night, Carlos Takam made his United States debut against the granite chinned, Detroit native, Craig Lewis (now 14-4 7KO's).
The two went to battle from the opening bell. Takam wasted no time showing off his impressive agility, especially for a 255 lb. heavyweight. By round two, Takam took control, landing an overhand right that could be heard echo through the majestic mountains of the New York Catskills.
However, Lewis stood tall, proving his ability to take a monster punch. Takam continued his attack for the remaining eight rounds of the scheduled ten round fight, earning the unanimous decision victory. (99-91 (x2), 96-94).
Takam had this to say about his US debut, "I'm very happy to have made my first fight in the United States last Saturday. It is a beautiful entrance. It's a dream for me to box in the United States, in the the field of legends like Ali, Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Many thanks to my promoter Joe [DeGuardia], my team and all my fans around the world. US fans get ready for more exciting moments coming soon."
In the co-feature, "Action" Anthony Laureano won an eight round decision over Brian Jones, (Clarskville, TX now 15-11 9KO's). After a feel out round in the first, it was all action for the remainder of the 8-round fight. The scores were 80-72 (x2), 78-74).
Richie "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera went toe to toe to win an eight round decision with another slugger in Israel Duffus (Los Angeles, CA now 19-6 16KO's). The scores were 80-72 (x2), 78-74.