Here it is again. Nine months after his second defeat against Carlos Takam, after weeks of personal and professional questioning, Tony Yoka is back. The Olympic heavyweight champion in Rio, more than 7 years ago, faces the Belgian Ryad Merhy. There is no question of seeing this fight as an opportunity to open the doors to the Top 10 in the world and offer him a quick chance at a belt. That was before. The setting for his fight remains very prestigious, the centre court of Roland-Garros, with a live broadcast on Canal +. That's the only thing he has in common with his first 13 pro fights (11 wins, 2 losses).
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It's been more than two years since Tony Yoka last won. His last success dates back to September 10, 2021, precisely at Roland-Garros, for the first night of boxing organized in the temple of tennis since 1973. Emmanuel Macron was in the front row for the occasion. To go back there to ward off bad luck and remember a time when he was undefeated.
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