Nantes (AFP)

French heavyweight Tony Yoka offered his first professional belt in Nantes on Friday by knocking out Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko to win the vacant European Union title.

Even if it is a minor belt, the 2016 Olympic champion gives with this title a new dimension to his career.

Yoka, unbeaten in ten outings for the pros now, won by KO in the twelfth and final round after a series of straights and a last uppercut which knocked out the Belgian at 1:30 from the end.

Thanks to this victory, the Frenchman could join the World Top 10 and compete against more prestigious boxers.

The formidable Englishman Joe Joyce, European champion Yoka dominated in the Olympic final in Rio, could be the first of them.

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