On Saturday evening, around 6,000 spectators will fill the stands of the Philippe-Chatrier court at Roland-Garros to support Tony Yoka in his comeback fight against the Belgian Ryad Merhy (live on Canal+ from 21:00). That's a little more than six years ago, in June 2017, in a Palais des Sports at the Porte de Versailles packed to the rafters to see the Frenchman demolish the modest Travis Clark in two rounds on his professional debut. "It's the small size of Roland-Garros, but once you've had a taste of Bercy, you don't want to play a smaller venue. It's very ambitious, a little crazy even, but we're making a nod to the Olympic boxing of Paris 2024 which will end there, "says Jérôme Abiteboul, the promoter of the Frenchman, who, a year and a half ago, dreamed of glory and the Stade de France (80,000 spectators).
The ultimate goal," the boxer told Le Parisien. "6000,<> people is an indicator of the impact you have on the public and the desire to...
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