Carlos Takam

Bio:

Heavyweight, Carlos Takam fights out of Doula, Cameroon, and trains out of Henderson, Nevada. Carlos is promoted by NY and CT Hall of Fame promoter, Joe DeGuardia. Carlos was born in Cameroon but later moved to France. He holds both French and Cameroonian citizenship and believes living in both countries helped shape the man he is today. As an amateur fighter, Carlos Takam had a successful career. In 2003, he captured the Bronze medal at the All-Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria. In 2004, Takam qualified for the Summer Olympic Games by winning the gold medal at the 1st AIBA African Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In the decisive final of the event, he defeated Angolan fighter Georgio Cabta. At the Olympics, he fought with heart and made it to the round of sixteen where he was eventually defeated by Egypt's Mohamed Aly.

Carlos' professional debut came with much excitement. He started off building a 17-0 record where he made a name for himself because of his dangerous one punch knockout potential. This cast him into the spotlight where he would go on to face top tier opponents like Anthony Joshua, Jerry Forrest, Alexander Povetkin and Tony Thompson in the heavyweight division. Carlos emerged as a star in the sport willing to take on any challenger.

Carlos is currently 39-5-1 (28KO’s). He is a strong power puncher who uses his no quit attitude, heart, and composure to allow him to excel in the ring.

Career Highlights

Carlos Takam vs Tony Thompson | Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan | June 6, 2014

In a high stakes heavyweight fight for the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight Championship, Carlos Takam won a twelve round unanimous decision over veteran Tony Thompson. Carlos Takam was his usual self as a smaller and more persistent fighter. Thompson often baited Takam, inviting attacks, as he was bobbing-and-weaving for the majority of the fight. His idea to make Takam miss and then to fatigue was unsuccessful. Takam applied constant, yet smart pressure, giving Thompson no room for effective counterattacks. Takam got into the groove and started to hurt his opponent in later rounds. At the end, all three judges scored it unanimously for Takam.

Carlos Takam vs Anthony Joshua | Principality Stadium | October 28, 2017

Unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua defended his WBA and IBF world heavyweight against Carlos Takam, who took the massive fight on just 12 day’s notice. Joshua-Takam at the raucous Principality Stadium still stands as the third largest crowd at a boxing event in history. With a close fight throughout the early rounds, the fourth round seemed to be the pivotal point of the fight. After two early Takam right hands, Joshua retaliated and floored the Cameroon-born fighter, who returned to his stool badly cut above his right eye. As the fight progressed, he twice was inspected by ringside medics, but battled on until he was overwhelmed in the 10th, when referee Phil Edwards stepped in to end the contest, much to the challenger's frustration. Fans at the Principality Stadium booed as the stoppage occurred as Takam was under pressure but still standing.

With only having 12 days to prepare for the fight, Anthony Joshua had nothing but kind words to share regarding the fight. "I come to fight. I don't sit on the edge and make decisions. It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam.”

Carlos Takam vs Jerry Forrest | MGM Grand Casino | July 9, 2020

Carlos Takam defeated Jerry Forrest by unanimous decision after 10 rounds in the main event at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Coming into the fight on short notice as well as experiencing the loss of his father a week prior, Carlos Takam was in a less than ideal scenario, however dug deep and took the fight to Jerry Forrest. Takam started quickly throwing clubbing right hands, surprising Forrest and keeping him at bay early. A clash of heads caused a cut on Takam’s cheek but did not seem too much of a problem as Takam continued to dominate the fight. In the later rounds, Forrest began to throw punches but to no avail as Carlos Takam’s fantastic defense kept him safe. Takam would go on to win the fight by unanimous decision.

Amateur Career:

● 2003 All-Africa Games Bronze Medalist
● 2004 1st AIBA African Olympic Qualifying Tournament Gold Medalist
● 2004 Olympic Athlete- Cameroon Round of 16
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