Quickly dominated by the Congolese during his fight, the 2016 Olympic champion saw his series of 11 professional victories come to an end on Saturday evening.
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He has this time found an opponent at his height. Beaten by stronger Saturday, May 15, at the Accor Arena in Paris, Tony Yoka suffered the law of the 14th world, Martin Bakole. The French therefore suffered his first defeat among professionals for his first fight against a boxer better ranked than him.
From the first moments of the fight, the task was tough for the tricolor heavyweight. The 30-year-old boxer was thus knocked down for the first time by his opponent from the Democratic Republic of Congo at the end of the first round.
Counted a second time by the referee, the Habs, supported by the Parisian public, finally came to the end of the ten rounds. Nevertheless, he logically bowed to the points on a split decision of the judges.
“I had to heart to have a good fight. Today, Martin was stronger in the ring. I think everyone could see it. It’s time to get back to work”recognized the Olympic champion of Rio (2016). “It was a big fight for me. Tony is not a small boxer, I’m so happy“, reacted for his part the winner.