Anthony Joshua made to work but retains crown against Carlos Takam

• Heavyweight champion Joshua beats Frenchman Takam in 10th round
• Fight was Joshua’s first defence since winning title against Wladimir Klitschko

It is testimony to Anthony Joshua’s seemingly unstoppable drawing power that he could just about fill this impressive stadium with only Carlos Takam, a largely unknown 36-year-old French substitute, standing between him and his 20th career stoppage.

But what a Frenchman. What a 36-year-old. What a substitute. Joshua got his result, rendering Takam defenceless but still standing in the 10th round, bleeding heavily from both eyes and protesting that he could continue. In truth, he could not. He was done. But he won the admiration of his conqueror and the appreciation of the estimated 80,000 fans.

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