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Armand Carlos Netsing Takam (born 6 December 1980), best known as Carlos Takam, is a Cameroonian-French professional boxer who challenged for the unified Heavyweight title in 2017 against Anthony Joshua. He is a former WBC Silver and WBF heavyweight champion. As an amateur he represented Cameroon in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics.
Takam in 2014
|Real name||Armand Carlos Netsing Takam|
|Height||6 ft 1 1⁄2 in (187 cm)|
|Reach||80 1⁄2 in (204 cm)|
|Born||6 December 1980|
|Wins by KO||28|
In 2004 he represented his native country, Cameroon, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece but was beaten in the round of sixteen by Egypt's Mohamed Aly. Takam qualified for the Athens Games by winning the gold medal at the 1st AIBA African 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Casablanca, Morocco. In the decisive final of the event he defeated Angolan fighter Georgio Cabta.
Takam made his professional debut in France on 10 December 2005, when he defeated Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf of Belgium. He went on to build up a record of 17-0 by the end of 2008. His first loss as a professional cane in June 2009, when he lost to undefeated French prospect Grégory Tony by unanimous decision over eight rounds. Following this loss Takam went on to gain four knockout wins by the end of 2010. Takam’s first fight of 2011 was against Gbenga Oluokun of Nigeria. Takam won the bout by stoppage in the sixth round after Oluokun was retired on his stool. Takam picked up the vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title by beating Oluokun. He went on to beat Samir Kurtagic on 2 December 2011.
Takam next fought on 31 March 2012, when he faced former world title challenger Frans Botha. Takam won the fight by knockout in the 11th round to retain his WBO Africa heavyweight title and also pick up to vacant WBF International heavyweight title. Takam went on to fight two more times in 2012, defeating Thomas Mrazek and Ivica Perkovic.
On 24 May 2013, Takam took on former world title challenger Michael Grant. Takam knocked Grant out in the eighth round to claim the WBF heavyweight title. Takam fought again in December 2013, when he knocked out Jakov Gospic in three rounds.
Career from 2014–2015Edit
Takam vs PerezEdit
Takam made his HBO debut on 18 January 2014 against Cuban Mike Perez. The fight started slowly, with little action in the first five rounds, however, Takam took over starting in round six, as he planted his feet inside and was able to work Perez over. The Cuban's arms got heavier and heavier as the fight went on, and he didn't seem to have his usual snap or speed . Takam was able to hurt Perez in round six and round ten.
BLH had the fight 97–93 for Takam, giving him rounds six through ten after a 3–2 start in Perez's favour. Official scores were 96–94 (Michael Buffer did not announce who got that card) and 95–95 two times for the majority draw.
Takam vs ThompsonEdit
On 6 June 2014 Takam took on Tony Thompson, (39-5-0, 26KOs) at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France. The 33-year-old Takam aggressively took the fight to the 42-year-old Thompson. Thompson had some success counter-punching, but Takam’s relentless work-rate overwhelmed Thompson at times. Takam dominated the fight and began to punish Thompson more and more as the bout progressed. Takam won the fight by unanimous decision with scores of 117–111, 117–111, and 119–109 to win the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title.
Takam vs PovetkinEdit
In October 2014 Takam faced Russian Alexander Povetkin (27-1-0, 19KOs) at the Luzhiniki Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. In a close fight that was a contender for fight of the year, Takam lost the fight via 10th round KO after Poventkin landed a left hook to the head of Takam.
Career from 2016–2017Edit
Takam vs ParkerEdit
On 21 May 2016 Carlos Takam fought Joseph Parker in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator. The winner would be required to fight for the world title against the reigning champion, Anthony Joshua of Britain. Prior to the fight being announced, Parker and his handlers twice avoided fighting Takam the previous year because of the risk involved. The fight took place with Parker winning a unanimous decision after twelve rounds, in front of a vocal home crowd at South Auckland's Vodafone Events Centre in New Zealand. Two judges scored it 116–112, and one at 115–113. Despite the result the fight was very close until the end with Takam landing painful and dangerous combinations of shots.
Takam’s first fight of 2017 took place on 29 January, when he faced Marcin Rekowski of Poland. Takam won the fight by fourth round knockout. He next fought in June 2017, Defeating Ivica Bacurin by knockout in the second round.
World title challengeEdit
Takam vs JoshuaEdit
On 16 October 2017, Takam was made a late replacement to fight Anthony Joshua on 28 October at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, after Joshua's opponent Kubrat Pulev pulled out of their fight with a shoulder injury. Takam gave a brave performance and took Joshua 10 rounds before the referee stepped in and waved the fight off after Joshua landed a flurry of punches.
Career from 2018Edit
Takam vs ChisoraEdit
On 15 June 2018, it was confirmed that Takam would face Dereck Chisora on 28 July at The O2 Arena, London, England, on the undercard of Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker. Chisora knocked out Takam in the 8th round in an exciting battle, although Takam had dominated the early rounds and was ahead on the judges' scorecards when he was knocked out.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|42 fights||36 wins||5 losses|
|42||Win||36–5–1||Senad Gashi||TKO||7 (10), 1:40||22 Dec 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|41||Loss||35–5–1||Dereck Chisora||TKO||8 (12), 1:01||28 Jul 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England||For vacant WBA International heavyweight title|
|40||Loss||35–4–1||Anthony Joshua||TKO||10 (12), 1:34||28 Oct 2017||Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||For WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles|
|39||Win||35–3–1||Ivica Bacurin||TKO||2 (8)||17 Jun 2017||Casino de la Vallee, Saint-Vincent, Italy|
|38||Win||34–3–1||Marcin Rekowski||KO||4 (12), 0:42||29 Jan 2017||Cotai Arena, Macao, China||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|37||Loss||33–3–1||Joseph Parker||UD||12||21 May 2016||Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand|
|36||Win||33–2–1||George Arias||UD||8||28 Nov 2015||Palasport Le Cupole, Torino, Piemonte, Italy|
|35||Win||32–2–1||Michael Sprott||KO||5 (8)||13 Jun 2015||Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France|
|34||Win||31–2–1||Marcelo Luiz Nascimento||KO||4 (10)||10 Apr 2015||Gymnase du Clos de l'Arche, Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|33||Loss||30–2–1||Alexander Povetkin||KO||10 (12), 0:54||24 Oct 2014||Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia||Lost WBC Silver heavyweight title|
|32||Win||30–1–1||Tony Thompson||UD||12||6 Jun 2014||Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France||Won vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title|
|31||Draw||29–1–1||Mike Perez||MD||10||18 Jan 2014||Bell Centre, Montréal, Canada||For WBC United States heavyweight title|
|30||Win||29–1||Jakov Gospic||KO||3 (8)||20 Dec 2013||Hall des Sports Pellière-Donatien, Fort-de-France, Martinique|
|29||Win||28–1||Michael Grant||TKO||8 (10), 0:50||24 May 2013||Gymnase du Clos de l'Arche, Noisy-le-Grand, France||Won WBF heavyweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Ivica Perkovic||TKO||3 (8)||14 Dec 2012||Gymnase des Roulants, Cergy-Pontoise, France|
|27||Win||26–1||Tomáš Mrázek||PTS||8||26 May 2012||Trois Ilets, Martinique|
|26||Win||25–1||Frans Botha||TKO||11 (12)||31 Mar 2012||Gymnase Jean Richepin, Noisy-le-Grand, France||Retained WBO Africa heavyweight title; |
Won vacant WBF International heavyweight title
|25||Win||24–1||Samir Kurtagic||PTS||8||2 Dec 2011||Gymnase du Clos de l'Arche, Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|24||Win||23–1||Gbenga Oloukun||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||29 Apr 2011||Espace Roger Boisrame, Pontault-Combault, France||Won vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title|
|23||Win||22–1||Levan Jomardashvili||TKO||3 (8)||26 Nov 2010||Gymnase du Clos de l'Arche, Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|22||Win||21–1||Pavels Dolgovs||TKO||4 (8), 0:42||2 Jul 2010||Gymnase Jean Richepin, Villiers-le-Bel, France|
|21||Win||20–1||Humberto Evora||TKO||2 (10)||29 May 2010||Salle Louis Achile, Fort-de-France, Martinique|
|20||Win||19–1||Roman Kracík||KO||1 (8)||24 Oct 2009||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|19||Loss||18–1||Grégory Tony||UD||8||27 Jun 2009||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|18||Win||18–0||Stephane Tessier||PTS||6||10 Apr 2009||Salle Yaris, Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|17||Win||17–0||Humberto Evora||KO||2 (8)||18 Sep 2008||Cirque d'hiver, Paris, France|
|16||Win||16–0||Daniel Bispo||TKO||3 (8)||5 Jun 2008||Cirque d'hiver, Paris, France|
|15||Win||15–0||Norbert Sallai||KO||1 (6)||17 Apr 2008||Cirque d'hiver, Paris, France|
|14||Win||14–0||Daniil Peretyatko||TKO||5 (6)||21 Feb 2008||Cirque d'hiver, Paris, France|
|13||Win||13–0||Janos Somogyi||TKO||2 (8)||15 Nov 2007||Le Zénith, Dijon, France|
|12||Win||12–0||Cătălin Zmărăndescu||TKO||2 (6)||2 Jun 2007||Place nouvelle aventure, Lille, France|
|11||Win||11–0||Ioan Mihai||RTD||2 (6)||11 May 2007||Salle Maurice Baquet, Bagnolet, France|
|10||Win||10–0||Janos Somogyi||TKO||2 (6)||1 May 2007||Tempelhof, Bruges, Belgium|
|9||Win||9–0||Ioan Teosorejus||RTD||2 (8)||24 Feb 2007||Cirque de Reims, Reims, France|
|8||Win||8–0||Leon Nzama||PTS||4||2 Dec 2006||Bercy, Paris, France|
|7||Win||7–0||Roger Foe||TKO||1 (4)||15 Jul 2006||La Palestre, Le Cannet, France|
|6||Win||6–0||Ioan Mihai||KO||1 (6)||1 Jun 2006||Salle Vallier, Marseille, France|
|5||Win||5–0||Harry Duiven, Jr.||KO||1 (6)||1 May 2006||Tempelhof, Bruges, Belgium|
|4||Win||4–0||Ibrahim Camara||TKO||3 (6)||14 Apr 2006||Parc de Expositions de Reims, Reims, France|
|3||Win||3–0||Valentin Marinel||TKO||3 (4)||25 Mar 2006||Gymnase des Yvris, Noisy-le-Grand, France|
|2||Win||2–0||Thierry Guezouli||PTS||6||7 Feb 2006||La Soucoupe, Saint-Nazaire, France|
|1||Win||1–0||Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf||PTS||6||10 Dec 2005||Chalon-sur-Saône, France||Professional debut|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byGhuslain Kiabella
| WBO–Africa heavyweight champion
29 April 2011 – March 2015
Title next held byBowie Tupou
Title last held byRaphael Zumbano Love
| WBF–International heavyweight champion
31 March 2012 – October 2013
Title next held byFabrice Aurieng
Title last held byBermane Stiverne
| WBC–Silver heavyweight champion
6 June 2014 – 24 October 2014
Title last held byEric Molina
| IBF–Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
29 January 2017 – Present
|Minor world boxing titles|
| WBF heavyweight champion
24 May 2013 – March 2017
Title next held byErzen Rrustemi