20 Mar

Yoka May Have His First Professional Fight Outside of France

The coach of Rio 2016 Olympic champion Tony Yoka (11-3, 9 KOs), Don Charles, has revealed that the boxer is planning to fight outside of France for the first time.

"He has always fought in France since winning the Olympics, having 14 fights, but he now lives in England, and we are trying to organize a fight for him here.

He wants to revive his career because it has been on a decline.

He has fought against Parker, Hrgovic, Joyce. Guys against whom he had success in the amateurs, look where they are now.

Tony is very, very far from where he should be as a gold medalist. The goal is to get him to switch to fights that are more professional-like, rather than amateur, where he is just scoring points and people will see the changes we are making.

A rematch with Joyce? I think people would be interested in that. It could be a big fight in the future," said Charles.

Tony Yoka lost his last three fights against Martin Bakole (20-1, 15 KOs), Carlos Takam (40-8-1, 28 KOs), and Riad Merhy (32-2, 26 KOs). The Frenchman's last victory was in September 2021 by technical knockout against Croatian Petar Milas (16-1, 12 KOs).