2016 Olympic Gold Medallist Tony Yoka’s quick heavyweight world title ambitions went up in smoke on the Accord Accommodations Enviornment in Paris, as Martin Bakole turned in a dominant efficiency, finally having to accept a majority determination win over ten rounds.
Yoka had constructed an 11-0 report previous to this contest, complied primarily of victories over gatekeeper sorts, together with wins over Alexander Dimitrenko, Johann Duhaupas and Christian Hammer, and he was final out in September final 12 months, stopping Peter Milas in seven rounds. Scotland primarily based Congolese Bakole had solely been defeated as soon as, halted in ten by Michael Hunter again October 2018, however he had received six straight since. Yoka needed to flip down an IBF title eliminator towards Filip Hrgovic in favour of this project, of which he was contractually obliged, and it had been postponed earlier within the 12 months attributable to COVID restrictions in France.
Yoka started this one off a stiff jab, however was clipped by a left hand by Bakole, who stalked the Frenchman and landed with some spectacular work within the opening body, together with a proper hook that momentarily wobbled the house favorite. That was an indication of issues to return, as a chopping proper hand on the highest of the pinnacle once more had Yoka in bother, and he was pressured to take refuge on the canvas. He beat the rely, and Bakole poured the strain on, however time ran out to complete the job.
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Bakole continued to use strain in spherical two, caught once more and wobbled early on within the spherical, however he did rally, pumping his jab and utilizing good footwork to negate his opponent. Yoka’s nostril was bloodied and his eye reduce within the third, and Bakole was filled with confidence as he was breaking down his man with stinging photographs. It was turning right into a gruelling nights’ work for the Parisian, as Bakole continued to stroll him down, and the fifth noticed Yoka counted once more, rolling his ankle when caught by a shot, though the knockdown regarded a barely unfair one. It already regarded as if the house fighter wanted a knockout to win as early because the sixth, and he continued to return below fireplace, however he confirmed large bravery, firing again within the seventh, and having to commerce shut up, and he was implored to win the final three rounds by his coach, Virgil Hunter, though it regarded like a misplaced trigger. Bakole was in full management, and never fearful about something coming again, as he largely coasted to the end line because the bout went to the playing cards, even showboating and goading his adorned foe within the ultimate spherical. Yoka elected to circle the ring within the ultimate body, by some means believing he had received, however absolutely the scorecards would inform him in any other case.
Bakole greater than deservedly took victory by scores of 96-92 and 95-93, fortunately overruling a 94-94 tally.
2016 Olympic Silver Medallist Sofiane Oumiha moved to 2-0 as knowledgeable, taking an eight spherical lop-sided determination win over Mevy Boufoudi, who was unbeaten going into the bout. Boufoudi was deducted two factors for dropping his mouth guard, and Oumiha took the win by an 80-70 rating.
Christ Esabe made it a dozen fights unbeaten, however though the light-weight took all eight rounds on all three judges playing cards, he was given an honest argument by Sander Diaz.
Tony Yoka’s youthful brother Victor Yoka made his skilled bow on the invoice, and wasted little time in stopping Gurami Kurtanidze inside a spherical of their scheduled six rounder at tremendous welterweight.