Tony Yoka restarts his career: March 11 fight with ex-challenger


The 2016 Olympic heavyweight champion Frenchman Tony Yoka (11-1, 9 KOs) will return to the ring on March 11 as part of a boxing evening in Paris (France), reports L’Equipe. An experienced Cameroonian, ex-contender for the world title Carlos Takam (39-7-1, 28 KOs) will become the opponent of the prospect that has stalled in the profiring.

For the 30-year-old Yoki, this will be the first performance since January 2022, when Congolese Martin Bakole defeated him in the same Paris. The result of that 10-round confrontation was a separate verdict of the judges by a majority of votes in favor of the African, but the development of the fight does not reflect this in any way – the superiority of the African was unconditional.

42-year-old Takam also limited himself to one fight in 2022, in September he gave out a competitive duel with Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov. For the first time, he could not win ahead of schedule, content with a unanimous decision of the judges following the results of 10 rounds.

For Carlos, the defeat was the second in a row – in July 2021, he was stopped in the 6th round by Joe Joyce. Before that, the Cameroonian was on a streak of four victories.

Takam did not use the chance to become world champion in October 2017, losing by technical knockout in the 10th round to Anthony Joshua.