It took Anthony Joshua 10 rounds to technically knock out Carlos Takam, in his fourth world title defence at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Takam only stepped in just with 12 days’ notice, to challenge the IBF and WBA ‘super’ heavyweight champion, as replacement for Joshua’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Pulev was forced to withdraw through injury but with almost 80,000 tickets sold, the show had to go on.
Takam was cleared to continue by doctors twice, after Joshua opened a huge cut above his right eye.
The referee eventually stepped in the 10th round, although the decision looked controversial.
Joshua will now target unification clashes against fellow champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker next year. He retains his belts and moves to 20-0 with 20 knockouts
“I have no interest in what’s going on with the officials,” Joshua said during his in-ring interview.
“I just worry about my opponent. Unfortunately, the ref stopped it. I think people wanted to see Takam unconscious on the floor, am I right?
“He was getting there. I didn’t have control over the ref’s decision. We get the win and now we look forward to 2018.”