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[1]. As an amateur he represented Cameroon in the super heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics.[2]

Carlos Takam
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Takam in 2014
Real nameArmand Carlos Netsing Takam
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Reach204 cm (80 12 in)
NationalityCameroonian Cameroon
French France
Born (1980-12-06) 6 December 1980 (age 39)
Littoral, Cameroon
Boxing record
Total fights43
Wins by KO28
No contests0

Early lifeEdit

Carlos Takam was born in Douala, Cameroon. He competed as an amateur boxer for his home country of Cameroon. He later moved to France and holds both French and Cameroonian citizenship.

Amateur careerEdit

Takam competed at the 2003 All-Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria, Takam captured the bronze medal in his weight division.

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.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 came 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.

Takam fought three times in 2015. Defeating Marcelo Luis Nascimento and Michael Sprott by knock out and George Arias by unanimous decision in an eight round bout.

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.[4] 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.[5] Despite the result the fight was very close until the end with Takam landing painful and dangerous combinations of shots.[6]

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.[7]

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
43 fights 37 wins 5 losses
By knockout 28 3
By decision 9 2
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
43 Win 37–5–1   Craig Lewis UD 10 14 Sep 2019   Resort World Catskills Casino, Catskill, New York, U.S.
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


  1. ^ "BoxRec: Carlos Takam". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Anthony Joshua to fight French Cameroun boxer Carlos Takam on Oct 28 – Cameroon Concord News". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Carlos Takam - BoxRec". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Boxing: Joseph Parker passes toughest test against Carlos Takam". Stuff. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Boxing: Joseph Parker passes toughest test against Carlos Takam". New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Boxing: Joseph Parker passes toughest test against Carlos Takam". Boxing News 24. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Anthony Joshua beats Carlos Takam by TKO to retain world heavyweight titles – as it happened". Guardian. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Ghuslain Kiabella
WBO–Africa heavyweight champion
29 April 2011 – March 2015
Title next held by
Bowie Tupou
Title last held by
Raphael Zumbano Love
WBF–International heavyweight champion
31 March 2012 – October 2013
Title next held by
Fabrice Aurieng
Title last held by
Bermane Stiverne
WBC–Silver heavyweight champion
6 June 2014 – 24 October 2014
Succeeded by
Alexander Povetkin
Title last held by
Eric Molina
IBF–Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
29 January 2017 – Present
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Michael Grant
WBF heavyweight champion
24 May 2013 – March 2017
Title next held by
Erzen Rrustemi