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Boxing: retirement for Yoka? "We're going to talk to my team," said the Frenchman after his defeat

2023-12-10T09:38:54.894Z

Highlights: Boxing: retirement for Yoka? "We're going to talk to my team," said the Frenchman after his defeat. Beaten for the third time in his heavyweight career on Saturday night against Ryad Mehry. 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.


Beaten for the third time in his heavyweight career on Saturday night against Ryad Mehry, Tony Yoka will have to ask himself the right questions about the rest of his career.


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.

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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.

Source: lefigaro

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