Tony Yoka was back in the ring this Saturday, March 11. The former Olympic champion was faced with Carlos Takam in this Franco-French clash.
Tony Yoka (2,01m, 113,9kg) was playing big this saturday night at the Zenith in Paris. And it showed as soon as he entered the arena. On the way to the ring, the 30-year-old Frenchman had his face closed under his hood, eager to fight. An attitude that contrasted with that of his adversary, the Franco-Cameroonian, Carlos Takam (1,87m, 117,6 kilos), smiling and happy at 42 years old to be one of the main protagonists of a fight broadcast live at the French, American and English television.
It was undoubtedly a real turning point in his career that Tony Yoka experienced. Beaten on points by Carlos Takam, he suffered a second consecutive defeat after his loss against Martin Bakole ten months ago. Worse, he also experienced a small humiliation with whistles collected at home after ten very tight rounds (96-94, 96-94, 94-96).
Tony Yoka was probably playing part of his future against Carlos Takam after his unexpected setback last May against Bakole. At Bercy, the French found himself completely overwhelmed and without a solution against the power of the Congolese, after having knelt on the ground in the first round.
Ten months later, the hero of the Rio Olympics, fallen from his pedestal, was therefore obliged to redeem himself in order to reconfirm his status in the eyes of the public.