Congolese Martin Bakole defeats Frenchman Tony Yoka

Congolese Martin Bakole defeats Frenchman Tony Yoka
Congolese Martin Bakole defeats Frenchman Tony Yoka

Published on : 05/14/2022 – 23:50

Martin Bakole inflicted the first defeat of his professional boxing career on Tony Yoka on May 14, 2022 in Paris. Despite the support of the public, the French gave in on the split decision of the judges, after being knocked down by the Congolese in the first round.

He had come under the mockery of part of the French public. He left under the cheers of the spectators of the AccorArena in Paris, this May 14, 2022. Martin Bakole dominated Tony Yoka. A victory by split decision which does not do justice to the performance of the Congolese.

Less mobile, but more massive and inventive in his shots, Bakole jostled the Frenchman in the first round, sending him to the ground. Knocked down for the first time in his professional career, the 2016 Olympic champion struggled to get up.

First defeat among the pros for Tony Yoka

Open and scarred in the face after three rounds, Yoka seemed to find a second wind during the seventh and eighth rounds. But his blows did not shake the colossus of Kananga. The latter even offered himself the luxury of provoking his rival during the last recovery.

Tony Yoka’s supporters, far from resenting him, applauded him and turned their whistles against their darling. The tricolor boxing icon has just suffered the first defeat of his professional career, after 12 matches. He who hopes to fight in the coming months in Kinshasa will he ask for revenge from the winner of the evening?

The article is in French

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