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.



Action picking up

Jenkins sporting significant swelling over his left eye, but is up through three rounds.

Early into the fourth, Essuman has a burst of punches to nearly stagger Jenkins but he goes too wide and allows Jenkins to get back to the center of the ring — his comfort zone.

Welterweight bout up next

Chris Jenkins and Ekow Essuman are in the ring, as this welterweight tilt is upon us. Jenkins is trying to defend his Commonwealth and
British welterweight titles.

Adeleye stops Manev

Adeleye drops Manev with a crunching, winding right uppercut in the fourth. Manev rises off the canvas late into the count and gestures that he's game to fight, but Adeleye drops him again with a left and the ref stops it right there for a fourth-round TKO.

Manev was stationary and Adeleye could have seemingly produced this finish earlier, but better late than never. Adeleye improves to 7-0 with 6 KOs.

Adeleye draws blood

Manev sporting a cut over his left eye and it looks like it came from one of Adeleye's jabs. But Adeleye has yet to really turn up the volume halfway into the third round against an opponent he should be dominating. 

As that's said, Adeleye pieces together a combination but inexplicably backs off instead of building upon his momentum. Had he mashed the dash there, he could have possibly triggered a stoppage.

Heavyweight action up next

David Adeleye and Mladen Manev are in the ring and this six-round heavyweight tilt is about to begin. Five of the 24-year-old Adeleye's six victories have come via knockout, but he's coming off a controversial decision win over Kamil Sokolowski in April.

Joyce is in the building

Bourke takes unanimous decision

After 10 rounds, judges have it 99-92, 100-90 and 99-91 all in favor of Bourke. Yeah, it was pretty clear cut, as Bourke landed the more significant punches. Clean and precise ring work from the southpaw British fighter, who picks up his 10th professional victory.

Bourke in control

Bourke timing his shots well as he regularly splits Beech's guard to connect on stiff punches through six rounds of this bout scheduled for 10.

Bourke's early power on display

Beech gets a bit overaggressive in the second round coming in with a right hand and eats a hard counter left from Bourke. Beech is now on notice of Bourke's power and we'll see how he responds.


Hello and welcome to the coverage of Joe Joyce vs. Carlos Takam. The main card launches with Chris Bourke vs. James Beech Jr. in junior featherweight action.

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