HEAVYWEIGHT legend Lennox Lewis gave his take on Anthony Joshua’s tricky world title defence against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.

As Joshua subjected him to heavy punishment, the referee Phil Edwards stepped in to halt Takam in the 10th round.

“Early stoppage,” Lewis thought. “There’s always something these days. Would have been nice just to let it play out one way or another. Takam still looked strong and with his senses! Very good test for AJ though … especially with the broken nose.”

Lewis added, “This was just the type of fight, experience and adversity that Anthony Joshua needed. He wasn’t at his best, but sometimes you won’t always be and it’s those times you have to find a way. Some fall apart after a broke nose. He remained composed and controlled fight.”

Lennox Lewis