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Tony Victor James Yoka (born 28 April 1992) is a French professional boxer. As an amateur he represented France at the 2016 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division; he also represented France at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships, winning gold.

Amateur career

Yoka won the gold medal against future WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in the super heavyweight division at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore.[1] At the 2010 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost the final to Filip Hrgović.[2] In 2011 he lost at the European (Senior) Championships to Olympic Champion Roberto Cammarelle.[3] At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he outpointed Jasem Delavari from Iran but was knocked out by Cuban Erislandy Savón. At the 2012 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament he beat three opponents before getting stopped by Magomed Omarov.[4]

In 2015, Yoka first missed a chance to get the gold at the 2015 European Games but still managed to get the bronze medal. [5] Following this achievement, Yoka won the gold at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships, earning him a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro. [6]

Yoka won the gold over the British boxer Joe Joyce, via controversial decision, in the super heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games, getting France the first Super Heavyweight gold medal of their history. Most observers thought Joyce clearly won.[citation needed]

Before this fight, Yoka had beaten Hussein Ishaish in the quarter-final, and Filip Hrgović in the semi-final. Two days before Yoka became Olympic champion, his girlfriend Estelle Mossely won gold in the light weight category.[7]

Professional career

In 2017 Yoka turned professional. Trained by Virgil Hunter, Yoka fought and beat Travis Clark in his debut fight at Le Palais des Sports in Paris, on June 2017.[8] On October 2017, Yoka won a unanimous decision (59-56, 60-54, 58-56) against Jonathan Rice.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
4 fights 4 wins 0 losses
By knockout 3 0
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
4 Win 4–0 France Cyril Léonet TKO 5 (10) 7 Apr 2018 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
3 Win 3–0 Belgium Ali Baghouz TKO 2 (8), 1:04 16 Dec 2017 France La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
2 Win 2–0 United States Jonathan Rice UD 6 14 Oct 2017 France Zénith Paris, Paris, France
1 Win 1–0 United States Travis Clark TKO 2 (6), 0:59 2 Jun 2017 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Yog On The Road To London 2012… Talks To Tony Yoka". olympic.org. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Results In 2011, he fought at the World Series of Boxing (WSB). Despite his young age, he won the 2011 edition.
  3. ^ Euro Results
  4. ^ Qualifier
  5. ^ "Jeux Européens: Toni Yoka (+91kg) en bronze". 
  6. ^ http://aiba.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/Medallist-by-weight-category.pdf
  7. ^ "VIDEO. JO 2016 : le boxeur français Tony Yoka sur le toit du monde". Franceinfo (in French). 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2017-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Boxe. VIDÉOS : Tony Yoka remporte son premier combat pro par K.O". Ouest-France.fr (in French). Retrieved 2017-06-03. 

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