My Sunday Three Cents: It was a win, done in acceptable fashion, but not in a way that will support those contending that this Anthony Joshua guy will play out to be better than Lennox Lewis.
AJ wasn't as active or impressive against Carlos Takam as he was against Wladimir Klitschko. It did leave me thinking if he might consider a body-type/conditioning overhaul. Less popped muscles, more lean muscling…because he didn't act like he was that confident in his long term stamina.
And Takam, this guy is a serviceable heavy.
People are maybe going over board in assessing him. He got points for not succumbing early, and great God, how much credit was he given for doing the basics…namely, moving his head and not giving himself as a stationary target on a platter to AJ?
All in all, probably best to not make too much of this outing. But, it probably helped bring us closer to getting AJ vs. Wilder, because it makes people think Wilder has a decent chance to down the Brit…and AJ didn't explode his leverage, because he didn't win as convincingly as he might be expected to, as The Next Big Things.
Yep, still a work in progress, even more so than Wilder, because Wilder is what he is and I wouldn't expect him to make a full leap in class. AJ, I think, still will, which we should see after four or so more fights, in which he has to do different things to win.
I think it makes sense for AJ to fight Joseph Parker, take his WBO strap, then have a full consolidation bout in the late summer against Wilder.
And yes, Phil Edwards effed up. This isn't darts, Phil. Takam knew what he signed up for. He didn't ask for or want to be saved. Our commissions don't ever do investigations and check bank records to see if anyone has received lump sums that are not explainable, if someone has laid money down on stoppages by certain times…so I guess we will continue to have effed up and controversial calls and decisions giving the sport black eyes..at least until robots are hired to do these jobs.
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