Parker outpoints Takam to set up world title shot
Heavyweight contender Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) outpointed Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in a IBF eliminator bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.
Parker won by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 115-113.
The 24-year-old New Zealander mostly jabbed in the opening round while Takam, 35, countered with some hooks. Parker started landing numerous hard shots in the following rounds but the France-based Cameroon fighter showed he was still in contention as he battered Parker with several big blows in the fifth.
However, Parker recovered and continued to outwork Takam. Parker unloaded a barrage of punches, looking to get the stoppage in the 8th, but Takam took them well and fired back.
Parker got back to work with his jab and kept Takam at bay in the later rounds. Takam tried to rally in the 12th but he was matched punch-for-punch by Parker until the final bell.
With the win, Parker is now the IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger to champion Anthony Joshua, who will be defending the title against Dominic Breazeale on June 25.