Boxer Tony Yoka won the vacant European Union title against Belgian Joel Tambwe Djeko on March 5, 2021 .. -
Joel Tambwe Djeko
Ten out of ten for Tony Yoka.
The French heavyweight 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.
Tony Yoka: "A victory before the limit and a nice belt"
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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.
The French Olympic champion dominated this fight from start to finish against a "Big Joe" who cashed well but did not touch him often enough.
In the attack of the 10th round, Yoka had touched Djeko three times more often than the reverse, in particular on precise and effective lines.
A remake of Rio for the sequel?
The Belgian from Molenbeek finished the fight on the ropes, with a very swollen right eye, and let go after a last uppercut, victim of a knockout carefully prepared throughout the fight.
Yoka, very mobile and very active from start to finish, then stuck out his tongue.
He did not seem really marked by these 12 perfectly well managed recoveries, as he has often done since the start of his career with the pros.
After this first pro belt, Yoka would very much like to face the Englishman Joe Joyce, whom he had beaten in the final in Rio, in 2016, for a muscular reunion.