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Carlos Takam Inks Co-Promotional With Top Rank

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and former heavyweight world title challenger Carlos Takam have joined forces with Top Rank.

Takam, 38, will make his Star Boxing/Top Rank debut on an ESPN platform in early 2020.

“Carlos Takam is an exciting, world-class heavyweight who always makes for outstanding fights,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I look forward to working with Joe DeGuardia and his team, as we believe Carlos has what it takes to reach the top of the division.”

“Big thanks to my promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and many thanks to ESPN and Bob Arum,” Takam said. “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity in my quest to become the heavyweight champion of the world. I would like to thank my team for the great job they are doing and all my fans all over the world for their support."

Said DeGuardia: "Carlos and I are pleased to be joining forces with Top Rank and ESPN. Carlos will have all the opportunities needed to rise to the pinnacle of the heavyweight division, and we are certainly looking forward to 2020.”

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Takam (37-5-1, 28 KOs) is a 14-year pro who has been a contender for the better part of a decade, notching wins over former world title challengers Tony Thompson, Francois Botha and Michael Grant. He challenged Anthony Joshua for the unified heavyweight title on October 28, 2017, putting forth a respectable effort before being stopped in the 10th round. He has won two in a row since a knockout loss to Derek Chisora, and on September 14, he made his U.S. and Star Boxing debut, decisioning Craig Lewis over 10 rounds in Monticello, New York.

Born in Cameroon, Takam didn’t begin boxing until his early 20s. He represented his home nation at the 2004 Athens Olympics, advancing to the round of 16. Takam spent most of his early professional career fighting in his adopted home country of France, building a 29-1 record before his HBO-televised draw versus Mike Perez in January 2014. Three of five defeats have come against fighters who are currently ranked in the top 10. The rejuvenated Takam now has sights set, once again, on the division’s elite.

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Comment by killakali on 09-29-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20083848]In those cases I could see a Mexican promoter needing to use an American promoter in order to help navigate US rules and regulations. But Joe DeGuardia is based in America already.[/QUOTE] He doesn’t have any tv deals. Shakur Stevenson…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 09-27-2019

[QUOTE=killakali;20083786]Nah it’s no different than Zanfer taking Munguia to golden boy or Zanfer taking Nery to pbc or Zanfer taking Berchelt to top rank.[/QUOTE] In those cases I could see a Mexican promoter needing to use an American promoter in…

Comment by killakali on 09-27-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20082164]Perhaps an antitrust lawsuit is in order against Bob Arum for his exclusivity deal. If it's causing other promoters to HAVE to work with him.[/QUOTE] Nah it’s no different than Zanfer taking Munguia to golden boy or Zanfer taking Nery…

Comment by killakali on 09-27-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20081794]What do you mean who? Carlos Takam's promoter. They just became another sham promoter working for Top Rank. Like Kathy Duva. You are familiar with the term "sham promoter," right? That's what Bob Arum called all the promoters who were…

Comment by Citizen Koba on 09-26-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20082164]Perhaps an antitrust lawsuit is in order against Bob Arum for his exclusivity deal. If it's causing other promoters to HAVE to work with him.[/QUOTE] :lol1: I guess you'd have to contact the relevant legal experts. I'm merely making the…

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