Cameroon-born 2004 Olympian Carlos Takam is the new World Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Champion after taking the title from American Michael Grant Friday night at the Gymnase du Clos de l’Arche in hometown Noisy-le-Grand, France.
Takam took charge from the start, and was quickly able to close the distance on his taller opponent before throwing and connecting with well-timed hooks from both hands. The defending champion fought mostly on the back foot, and just didn’t seem to have an answer to the clever boxing of the challenger.
In round four Grant finally had some success and started to work harder, but Takam just stepped it up himself and continued to dominate. The visitor relied mostly on landing his powerful right hand, but had too little success to keep Takam off.
In round eight Takam landed a huge left uppercut that shook Grant to his boots. As he quickly followed up and landed another combination, the corner of Grant had seen enough and threw in the towel at the same time as referee Ingo Barrabas stepped in to wave it off. Time was 0:50.
The new world champion, who improved his record to 28-1 (22), was ecstatic after completing his masterpiece, while Grant, now 48-5 (36), congratulated him on a job well done.
At the time of the stoppage judges Jean Marcel Nartz, Toni Tiberi and Ernst Salzgeber had Takam clearly ahead with scores of 70-63, 69-64 and 70-62.
The fight was promoted by Joseph Germain.