Takam, 38, will make his Star Boxing/Top Rank debut on an ESPN platform in early 2020.
“Carlos Takam is an exciting, world-class heavyweight who always makes for outstanding fights,” said Top Rank chairman BOB ARUM. “I look forward to working with Joe DeGuardia and his team, as we believe Carlos has what it takes to reach the top of ths divison.”
“Big thanks to my promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing and many thanks to ESPN and Bob Arum,” Takam said. ” I am greatful and excited for the opportunity in my quest to become the heavyweight champion of the world. I would like to thank my team for the great job they are doing and all my fans all over the world for their support.”
Born in Cameroon, Takam didn’t begin boxing until his early 20s. He represented his home nation at the 2004 Athens Olympics, advancing to the round of 16. Takam spent most of his early professional career fighting in his adopted home country of France, building a 29-1 record before his HBO-televised draw versus Mike Perez in January 2014. Three of five defeats have come against fighters who are currently ranked in the top 10 by both ESPN and Ring Magazine. The rejuvenated Takam now has sights set, once again, on the division’s elite.