Heavyweights collided inside “The Bubble” on Thursday night as the main event pitted Carlos Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs), and Jerry Forrest (26-4,20 KOs)closed out the Top Rank Boxing broadcast that aired on ESPN.
Judges scored this ten-round contest in favor of Takam with cards of 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93. The 98-92 scorecard was from Dave Moretti, who has been turning in some clunkers during these ‘bubble’ shows, but in a fight this dull, he gets a pass.
Early on in the contest saw that the veteran Takam, who took this fight on short notice after Jarrell Miller got popped for a positive PED test, in control of the battle. Takam landed not only more punches in the first three rounds, but was also consistently hitting Forrest with straight right hands. The real action from the first four rounds of this fight was when both men were throwing on the inside. That action drifted as time went on.
Otherwise, Takam was able his use his movement to outbox Forrest.
It is worth noting 2 hours before this first bell rang, Forrest was seen on the ESPN broadcast plowing thru a roast beef wrap which led to questioning by the broadcast.
Jerry Forrest getting wrap-shamed on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/ceQBx8tw7L
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There was a clash of heads early on in the fight, which caused a cut above the right eye of Takam. That eye at some points of this fight was getting more action than what took place in the ring.
Forrest, throughout the broadcast by analyst Tim Bradley was called “lazy” and didn’t bring much to the fight.
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Forrest, in the later rounds, decided to apply more pressure and target that eye that was effecting Takam. Fatigue also was setting in for both of them, as Takam wasn’t bouncing as much as he was in the earlier rounds. The fatigue was apparent to the point that if either one of the two could land clean punches, that either one of them could go.
That wasn’t the case in this one, as it went to the cards. For Takam, this was his fourth straight win since losing to Dereck Chisora back in 2018, but if you didn’t catch this one, you missed nothing.