Joshua makes heavy weather of title defence
Heavyweight champion stops unheralded Carlos Takam in 10th round
Anthony Joshua celebrates at the end the fight against Carlos Takam. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
In his first fight since ending the career of the great and once-dominant Wladimir Klitschko, 28-year-old Joshua required his advantages in size, speed and power to gradually wear down his previously little-known opponent from France.
Bigger fights against superior opponents are expected to follow in 2018 — but in defeating his mandatory challenger and excluding that with Klitschko, the Joshua unexpectedly faced the toughest match-up of his career.