Tony Yoka

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Tony Yoka
Tony Yoka Gold.jpg
Real nameAnthony Victor James Yoka
Height2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Reach84 in (213 cm)
Born (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 27)
Paris, France
Boxing record
Total fights5
Wins by KO4

Anthony ‘Tony’ Victor James Yoka (born 28 April 1992) is a French professional boxer. As an amateur he represented France at the 2016 Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division; he also represented France at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships, winning gold. Yoka is currently serving a one-year ban after missing three drug tests between July 2016 and July 2017.

Amateur career[edit]

Yoka won the gold medal against future WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in the super heavyweight division at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore.[1] At the 2010 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost the final to Filip Hrgović.[2] In 2011 he lost at the European (Senior) Championships to Olympic Champion Roberto Cammarelle.[3] At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he outpointed Jasem Delavari from Iran but was knocked out by Cuban Erislandy Savón. At the 2012 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament he beat three opponents before getting stopped by Magomed Omarov.[4]

In 2015, Yoka first missed a chance to get the gold at the 2015 European Games but still managed to get the bronze medal. [5] Following this achievement, Yoka won the gold at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships, earning him a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro. [6]

Yoka won the gold over the British boxer Joe Joyce in the super heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games, getting France the first Super Heavyweight gold medal of their history.[citation needed]

Before this fight, Yoka had beaten Hussein Ishaish in the quarter-final, and Filip Hrgović in the semi-final.[7]

Professional career[edit]

In 2017 Yoka turned professional. Trained by Virgil Hunter, Yoka fought and beat Travis Clark in his debut fight at Le Palais des Sports in Paris, on June 2017.[8] On October 2017, Yoka defeated Jonathan Rice via unanimous decision 59–56, 60–54, and 58–56.

In July 2018, the French Anti-Doping Agency banned him for one year because of missing three drug tests between July 2016 and July 2017.[9] His appeal against the ruling was rejected by the French Council of State in August 2018.[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
5 fights 5 wins 0 losses
By knockout 4 0
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
5 N/A N/A N/A N/A – (10) 13 Jul 2019 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Dave Allen TKO 10 (10), 0:43 23 Jun 2018 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
4 Win 4–0 France Cyril Léonet TKO 5 (10), 2:21 7 Apr 2018 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
3 Win 3–0 Belgium Ali Baghouz TKO 2 (8), 1:04 16 Dec 2017 France La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
2 Win 2–0 United States Jonathan Rice UD 6 14 Oct 2017 France Zénith Paris, Paris, France
1 Win 1–0 United States Travis Clark TKO 2 (6), 0:59 2 Jun 2017 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Yog On The Road To London 2012… Talks To Tony Yoka". 1 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. ^ Results In 2011, he fought at the World Series of Boxing (WSB). Despite his young age, he won the 2011 edition.
  3. ^ Euro Results
  4. ^ Qualifier
  5. ^ "Jeux Européens: Toni Yoka (+91kg) en bronze".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "VIDEO. JO 2016 : le boxeur français Tony Yoka sur le toit du monde". Franceinfo (in French). 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  8. ^ "Boxe. VIDÉOS : Tony Yoka remporte son premier combat pro par K.O". (in French). Retrieved 2017-06-03.
  9. ^ "Olympic boxing champion Yoka banned for one-year by French Anti-Doping Agency". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  10. ^ "Tony Yoka's Appeal is Rejected, Doping Ban is Upheld By Judge". Retrieved 2019-01-08.

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