Episode 7 in the saga of his "Conquest": Tony Yoka prepares its launch in 2020 with a 7th heavyweight fight, the second of the year, against the German Michael Wallisch, Saturday in Nantes.
"In 2020, we accelerate, I box everyone, warns the Olympic champion of the 2016 Olympics, I will have no limit, I will take everything that I will propose up."
Before that, the 27-year-old heavyweight, who will soon "sign with a big American promoter" to "start boxing internationally from the spring of 2020", wants to "chained quickly" the fighting to "climb the rankings" .
Less than three months after the last, Tony Yoka is already putting on the gloves to make up for lost time in his year of suspension for three "no show" doping controls.
A sequence that did not appear in the original scenario of his "Conquest", co-written by Canal Plus and to take him to a world belt.
- "Enter the world's top" -
"July, September, December, it's three rounds, everything has to happen so that by the end of the year, I'll be in the top of the world," draws Yoka.
First round succeeded in July as he bowed the experienced German Alexander Dimitrenko in the third round for his first fight after his suspension.
Maybe even a little too much: "It was frustrating, after so many months of waiting, of training, I really wanted to get a response, almost to feel the blows. case."
Not sure that it is more against Michael Wallisch, the Bavarian 33 years wades around the world's top 100 and does not have the thickness of Dimitrenko, ex-holder of a European belt. "We're still in heavyweights," Yoka warned, "and we ended up on the buttocks, we saw him with Anthony Joshua (the former world champion beaten by the American Andy Ruiz in June, ed)."
According to him, with a "good technique" and a "good look", his opponent on Saturday has only two defeats for 22 fights, including one against Christian Hammer, the N.16 German World that "TY" must face in December.
- Play it like Rocky -
Failing to offer the thriller of a thriller, the "Conquest" for this new episode, changes scenery. After Antibes this summer, heading to Nantes, his H Arena and his 6,000 spectators: the boxer of the capital also wants to "go to meet this public".
With a new name in the cast: Jacob "Stitch" Duran will take place in his corner. "It's a reference, the best cutman in the world and in addition it's a movie star," says Yoka.
Expert for banding hands and stopping bleeding, "Stitch" - and his mustache - played in one of Rocky's and his two sequels, Creed 1 and 2.
And as the show can not be complete without a good first game, Souleymane Cissokho, another member of the "Strong Team" of 2016 and bronze medalist in Rio, will try a little earlier to go for a 11th victory in as many fights against the 33-year-old Russian Dmitry Mikhaylenko (27 fights, 4 defeats) in super welterweight.
"The goal in December is to make a belt, I can not tell you which one yet, but it's sure and certain, there will be one," he said. "Probably" in Saudi Arabia, opening Joshua's revenge against Ruiz, scheduled for December 7th.
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