At Roland-Garros, Tony Yoka conceded his third defeat in the heavyweight category on Saturday night against Belgium's Ryad Mehry. A new failure that inevitably weighs on his ambitions to conquer the world belt for the Frenchman who now has 11 victories, including 9 before the limit, for three losses, on points.
In the ring, the Rio 2016 Olympic champion showed a worrying helplessness and did not show any progress after being beaten in recent months by Martin Bakolé and then Carlos Takam. Two setbacks that forced him to surround himself with a new coach, Don Charles.
Yoka spoke very briefly about the rest of his career at the microphone of Canal+ at the end of the fight he thought he had won. "There was so much pressure around this fight with a new coach and a new team. I told myself that we were going to do enough to win and I really thought I had done enough. (...) There have been so many changes... We were aiming for the win, even if it wasn't a very big victory, to get back on track. I don't even know what to say," the champion whispered before adding: "We're going to talk to my team, I don't think that's the question to ask ourselves now.»
At 31 years old, Tony Yoka is still a young heavyweight since maturity in this category comes at around 35 years old. He still has one more fight to fight with Canal+ that could put an end to his commitment to the Frenchman, light years away from getting a chance for a world belt.