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Joe Joyce wears bizarre X-men style walk-on outfit… then demolishes Carlos Takam in superhuman showing

JOE JOYCE donned a bizarre X-men style ring-walk outfit before producing a superhuman finish to stop Carlos Takam in the sixth round.

The 35-year-old was supposed to look like X-men character ‘Juggernaut’ in line with his nickname but fans were not convinced by the red helmet and body-suit.

Joe Joyce beat Carlos Takam after entering the ring in this bizarre outfit
The referee stopped the fight in the sixth round but Takam was fuming

Joyce successfully defended his belts and called for a fight with Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua next

However, that was soon forgotten as he kept his hopes of an Anthony Joshua world title showdown alive with a terrifying display of pain tolerance.

The Putney ace was made the WBO mandatory challenger for a shot at AJ at the start of fight week, as long as he came through tough old veteran Takam on Saturday night.

But the 2016 Olympic silver winner almost blew his brilliant opportunity by taking a shellacking from the 40-year-old veteran.

Takam took AJ 10 rounds in 2017 – on just 10 day’s notice – and showed the same teak toughness and heavy hands before a shock right hand at the start of the sixth ended his chance at a huge upset.

Joyce started the fight by peppering Takan’s bearded face with the same piston-like jab that battered Daniel Dubois into submission in November.

But, just as the Englishman relaxed his neck muscles with a few rolls of his head, Takam looped up a couple of right hooks that warned him to stay more alert.

Joyce is famous for having one of the toughest chins in world boxing and infamous for using it as a form of defence.

In the second he absorbed half a dozen shots from both of Takam’s fists that would have collapsed an ox.

But still he marched forward trying to club the warrior squatting down five inches shorter below him and hurling up heavy artillery.

Takam’s peekaboo style was taking his head down inline with Joyce’s waist and the Brit banger was failing to generate any power on his downward punches.

The visitor, however, was smashing the beads of sweat from Joyce’s new braided locks as the London fans started to fear for their man and his freakishly strong face.

Warhorse Takam started to look ragged by the start of the fourth and a right hook to the ribs made him gasp for air.

But the relentless challenger for Joyce’s Commonwealth strap kept launching haymakers and connecting with Joyce’s shaken skull.

The fifth thankfully slipped by without Joyce swallowing another howitzer and Takam looked to be flagging after a violent start.

And Joyce sparked Takam senseless with the very first punch of the right hand and kept up a barrage until he was stopped on his feet.

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Joyce was far from convincing in the early rounds

Takam landed some solid shots but could not maintain his early pace

Reaction to Joyce’s outfit online was not overly supportive

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Fans on Twitter were not overly convinced by Joyce’s ring-walk outfit.

AFC Glen wrote: “My god, Joe Joyce looks like a giant red penis.”

Lordie tweeted: “Boxing is slowly turning into a joke, how can Joe Joyce come out like this.”

And TalkSport 2 presenter Paul Coyte uploaded a picture of himself with a Halloween pumpkin on his head and quipped: “Me with the Joe Joyce look.”

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