France-based Cameroonian Carlos Takam is the new World Boxing Federation
International Heavyweight Champion after scoring his biggest victory so
far on Saturday night in Noisy-le-Grand, France, stopping former World
Champion Francois Botha in the eleventh round.
The 31-year-old Takam, a 2004 Olympian, improved his impressive
professional record to 25-1 (20), while South African Botha falls to
48-7-3 (29), and could be at the end of the line after an impressive
career that saw him capture IBF and WBF world titles, and included fights
against some of the sport’s biggest names.
Botha fought well in the early rounds, and had his moments against the
lesser experienced hometown favorite, but as the rounds went by the
physical advantage and punching power of Takam took its toll, and he
slowly but surely began to wear the visitor down.
After the bout an ecstatic Takam praised Botha for putting up a good
fight, and promised his fans that the victory is only the first of many
big triumphs to come. It certainly was an impressive performance by the
winner, who could be in line to face WBF World Champion Michael Grant in
The Carlos Takam vs. Francois Botha WBF International Heavyweight title
fight at Gymnase Jean Richepin in Noisy-le-Grand was promoted by Joseph
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