Joe Joyce stops Carlos Takam with sixth-round TKO, calls out Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk

Joe Joyce (Queensberry)

Carlos Takam was finding a home with his overhand right nearly at will until Joe Joyce decided to demonstrate why he's called the "Juggernaut."

Joyce caught Takam with a left hook seconds into the sixth round and finished him with a barrage of punches moments later for a sixth-round TKO at The SSE Arena in Wembley, England on Saturday night.

"He hit me with some good shots, and I managed to work him out on where to land," said a victorious Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs). "He's still dangerous, so I had to take my opportunity when I saw it."

On how he was able to take Takam's overhand rights and respond with that huge and definitive sixth round, Joyce offered: "It's to do with technical skill and tactics and being able to ride shots, block shots, use my footwork ... is like the sweet science of boxing, so I used that to great effect."

With the victory, Joyce delivered a message toward unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, who fight Sept. 25.

"What I want is AJ or Usyk," Joyce said without hesitation.

His promoter Frank Warren explained how that could happen.

"He's the mandatory challenger, he's No. 1 now, and obviously AJ and Usyk are going in September, and then he becomes the mandatory challenger to the winner," Warren said about Joyce.

Warren added, though, that it's likely that the Joshua-Usyk winner will face the victor of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder trilogy, which is on Oct. 9, for undisputed glory before Joyce gets a world title crack.

Until then, Joyce can use film from Saturday night's win to keep improving. The heavyweight tilt had Takam stealing the first two rounds with late outputs behind those right hands. While Joyce asserted the jab with some more pop and authority in the third, Takam rebounded to arguably win the fourth.

The French-Cameroonian veteran fighter seemed to be getting tired in the fifth, and Joyce chose the perfect opportunity to pounce on him in the sixth as the left hook he surprised the warrior with paved the way for unanswered punches that halted the action seconds later.

Takam objected to the stoppage, even lightly shoving the ref in frustration, but it certainly looked like Joyce was on the verge of dropping him.

Here's how the whole Joyce-Takam main card went.



Joyce stops Takam!

Joyce crushes Takam with a left hook. Takam wobbles and nearly falls backwards. Joyce is bringing the heat now with a flurry. He has Takam reeling. Joyce landing unanswered right hooks and now a straight left-right combination to brush Takam back. The ref steps in and stops the bout much to Takam's chagrin. Takam even lightly shoved the ref back in disapproval and equal disappointment. Takam certainly looked like he was about to get dropped. A big sixth-round TKO for Joyce.

Joyce-Takam; Round 5

Takam is boxing with urgency well but one has to wonder if he'll be able to keep this pace the longer the bout goes. Takam lands flush to the head with a big left hook, as Joyce goes back to the jab. An overhand right lands for Takam. Joyce brushes Takam's head back with a jab and another. Overhand rights landing for Takam. But Joyce's jab and his earlier body work have seemed to slow the 40-year-old Takam down. A better round for Joyce. (10-9 Joyce, 48-47 Takam)

Joyce-Takam; Round 4

Joyce and Takam trading some punches as they move around the ring. Takam goes straight through the middle and lands a right. Stinging right hand from Joyce, who launches an uppercut moments after that. Overhand right lands for Takam but Joyce sticks in a body shot. Joyce again investing to the body. Takam is catching Joyce with a big right hand, landing the shot three times in succession. Solid, close round and another for Takam. (10-9 Takam, 39-37 Takam)

Joyce-Takam; Round 3

Left-right combination from Takam snaps Joyce's head back. Joyce steps into a thudding body shot, but eats a stellar right hook seconds later. Joyce walking Takam down with a left-right jab combo. Takam throwing a few combos himself, grazing Joyce a bit. Joyce goes back to the jab while keeping a healthy distance. Joyce with a hard shot to end the round. Takam gestures as if to say, 'bring it.' (10-9 Joyce, 29-28 Takam)

Joyce-Takam; Round 2

Joyce now lands a right hook to the head. He follows with a left hook moments later. Takam bangs the body with a left hook, while ducking under heat from Joyce. The British fighter showing better timing, scoring on a left-right combination. Joyce pounding on Takam with heavy rights now. Takam fires back with a right and another ... and another. That's the second round that Takam has managed to steal in the waning seconds by connecting on heavy shots. (10-9 Takam, 20-18 Takam)

Joyce-Takam; Round 1

Joyce splitting Takam's guard with a couple of straight rights. Moments later, Takam taps Joyce's jaw with a right to put him on notice of his power. Joyce goes back to the left jab, finding success. Takam landing strong right hands and they're the more impactful shots than the jabs that Joyce was using to keep Takam at bay. (10-9 Takam)

Joyce now making his ring walk

And the heavyweight is rocking a larger-than-life-sized Juggernaut helmet channeling the character from Marvel and living up to his ring moniker.

Main event time

Carlos Takam is making his walk to the ring right now to the sounds of WWE Superstar John Cena's theme song. Yes ... really!

Takam is always ready to throw hands

Sheeraz impresses in sharp victory

Is Sheeraz a world champion in waiting? The 22-year-old improves to 13-0 with nine KOs after delivering a fifth-round TKO of Gurria.

Sheeraz begins the damage in the fifth with a right hook to the body followed by a left uppercut to drop Gurria. The Spanish fighter looks like he's going to remain on the canvas but gets up only to be put back down again. Sheeraz finishes the show by bumping Gurria with a left forearm to create distance before launching a right hook to the head and a pulverizing left uppercut up the middle for another knockdown, before the ref stops it right there. Savvy, sharp win for the British fighter, who will continue to look for a step up in competition.

Sharp output from Sheeraz through three

Sheeraz is finding a home between Gurria's guard — especially with the jab — and it's showing on the Spanish fighter's face. All Sheeraz through three rounds: 30-27.

Sheeraz already showing signs of unleashing heavy offense

Straight stinging hands connecting from Sheeraz in that opening round. Standing 6'3", Sheeraz is nearly hunched over throwing punches Gurria's way. 

Co-main event time

Hamzah Sheeraz vs. Ezequiel Gurria in junior middleweight action is next, with the heavyweight headliner to follow.

Joyce getting loose backstage

10-bell salute for Frank Varey

A moment of silence, accompanied by a 10-bell salute, given to 16-year-old boxing prospect Frank Varey, who died of an apparent drowning in England this week. His body was found Thursday night.

Noakes retires Ali

Noakes breaks Ali's nose with a devastating right uppercut and Ali's corner stops the fight following the second round. Although Noakes picks up his seventh victory, he can't be overly excited, considering Ali's record of 2-70-1 entering this bout. That's right ... 70 losses. Well, make it 71 now.

Now for a lightweight clash

The affair, slated for six rounds, pits Sam Noakes against Naeem Ali.

Sunny Edwards' next fight

Essuman with eighth-round TKO of Jenkins

Essuman has a right hand of his own! He blasts Jenkins with a stiff right and then adds to the shot with several more rights, driving the champ around the ring. Essuman then opens up with a furious barrage with Jenkins pressed up against the corner. Jenkins isn't in any position to throw punches back and the ref steps in and stops the bout. 

Ekow 'The Engine' Essuman is your new British and Commonwealth welterweight champion.

Interesting exchanges

Jenkins finding success with his right hand, although there was a moment in the sixth round that he fired that right and was met with a stiff left hook from a pressing Essuman. 

When Essuman swings and misses wildly, he still has the opportunity and spots to fire that jab. Let's see if he makes that adjustment during the second half of this bout.

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