Takam bests Forrest in clash of heavyweights

Former heavyweight title contender Carlos Takam defeated Jerry Forrest by unanimous decision after 10 rounds Thursday night in the main event of a Top Rank card inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

The pace was steady throughout, but sustained action in this meeting of heavyweights who were looking for bigger and better things was hard to come by for most of the fight.

At the end of 10 rounds, Takam (39-5-1, 28 KOs) was on top of all three judges’ cards, winning by scores of 96-94, 98-92 and 97-93.

Takam got off to a good start, as he threw clubbing right hands, and his size and strength kept Forrest (26-4, 20 KOs) at bay in the early rounds. A clash of heads caused a cut near Takam’s right cheekbone, though, and that seemed to bother him in the second half of the fight.

Forrest had more success in the late rounds as Takam’s pace slowed, but it was far too little, too late to tilt the scores in his favor.

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