Star Boxing's newest heavyweight, France's Carlos Takam (36-5-1, 28 KOs) has been added to the September 14th show at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York. Takam will take on, 6'5" Detroit native Craig Lewis (14-3-1, 8 KOs). A sparring partner of WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, Lewis is no stranger to working with the elite of the heavyweight division. Lewis is coming off a majority decision and close fights with two up-and-comers with combined record of 37-0 with 23 KO's. Lewis has never been stopped in his career.
Takam last saw action in December 2018, when he defeated Germany's Senad Gashi (then 17-1, 17 KOs) at the 02 Arena in the UK. Takam was scheduled to fight undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk this past May but Usyk pulled out of that fight with an injury. The Usyk fight was not rescheduled so Takam will forge his own path back to heavyweight supremacy, starting at Resorts World Catskills on September 14yj.
Now under a new trainer, Dwight Yarde, and promoter, Joe DeGuardia, Takam believes he has a team dedicated to giving him the right opportunities to be successful. He is a Cameroon born French citizen.
Takam had this to say about the opportunity to fight in the United States for the first time, "For my return on September 14 at Resorts World Catskills, ... I'm really excited. USA is new for me. I have to create my fan base there. Only good job and humility can do this. And I can tell you, I'm ready to satisfy USA boxing fans as I did in Africa, in Europe and elsewhere before. No doubt, I am ready to do the Job."
Yarde hadthis to say about the next step in Carlos' career, "The fans can expect a new and rejuvenated Carlos Takam, in the best shape of his life and more determined and focused on his boxing. With regards to coming to America, this will enable Carlos to fight on an even playing field on his quest to become a heavyweight champion, while showcasing his skills to the American audience."
Star Boxing promoter, Joe DeGuardia said this about Carlos' return on September 14th, "Carlos is ready to fight, anywhere, anytime. With the team we have assembled around him, and the opportunity to bring him to the United States for the first time, I know the American fans will be thrilled to see elite level heavyweight action at Resorts World Catskills." DeGuardia continued, "we are excited and plan on bringing Carlos the biggest and best opportunities on the path to a world heavyweight championship opportunity."
Takam-Lewis will headline a card that also features two Connecticut boxers in separate bouts: Anthony Laureano of Hartford, CT (11-0, 4 KOs) and Richie "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera (12-0, 10 KOs). Resorts World Catskills is a full casino with live table gaming and full sports book only 90 minutes from NYC.