2016 Olympic champion Tony Yoka was back in the ring against German Dimitrenko after more than a year of absence for a suspension. Tony Yoka has made a mouthful of the 37-year-old boxer who has been hit by the French fist.
The contract is filled, and with the way: the heavy weight Tony Yoka has made a convincing comeback after more than a year of absence of the rings by outperforming the German Alexander Dimitrenko, defeated by the referee's stop at the 3rd restart , Saturday in Antibes.
Suspended twelve months on July 5, 2018 by the French Agency for the Fight Against Doping (AFLD) for having failed three times, in less than a year, with its localization obligations for unannounced inspections, the Olympic champion in 2016 he had not chosen the easy way by rubbing himself with an experienced heavyweight, by far the strongest he had had to face up to that point.
But Tony Yoka was too hungry for boxing to be impressed by Alexander Dimitrenko, the former holder of the European belt (37 years, 41 successes in 47 fights including 26 before the limit, 6 defeats).
Under the eyes of Jean-Paul Belmondo, sitting in the front row, the Parisian did not hang out at the Azur Arena in Antibes to sign his sixth success in as many battles. Expeditious, Yoka first sent the unfortunate Dimitrenko to the mat in the 3rd round on a magnificent uppercut-hook sequence, before the German, born in Ukraine and naturalized in 2010, was stopped by the referee a few seconds later after another acceleration of French.
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Whoever dreams of being the first Tricolor to win a world belt in the most prestigious category has not been on vacation during his suspension, and it was faced with Dimitrenko.
The German, who held 5 rounds on April 20 against the American Andy Ruiz Jr, the Britishman Anthony Joshua's scorer, was able to measure the new power of the Parisian, certainly weaned competition but back to training in November at Insep, then in California with his mentor Virgil Hunter.
"I'm very happy, it's been a while since I was waiting to get into the ring," Yoka responded. I worked a lot and progressed this year. These are crazy moments. I was impatient. After a year of training without boxing, I wanted to continue to win and I finally could do it. Dimitrenko had to be jostled to erase this year's suspension. I wanted to get in there at once. "
The "Conquest", this very scripted step forward supposed to lead to the world title among professionals, can therefore continue for Tony Yoka, who has already set his next appointments: September 28 in Nantes against an opponent yet to be designated, then on December 14 in Paris, probably against the French heavyweight Johann Duhaupas
" Trust "
"I'm back, this win gives me a lot of confidence," he said. I take myself more and more seriously. "
In the early evening, the French super welter Souleymane Cissokho, ex-member of the "Team Solid" like Yoka, was equally formidable in defeating Argentina's José Carlos Paz by KO in the fifth round.
The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 28 years old and still unbeaten, dominated the proceedings, sending Paz (28, 23 wins, 10 losses, 1 draw) to the table in the first round after a good right, before reoffending in the 5th round on a terrible blow to the body.
Yoka's training partner in the United States, who aspires to play in a European Championship by the end of the year, has also made the leap in terms of punch, six weeks after winning his first fight professional on American soil in the mythical hall of Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I'm very happy, the work pays off," said Soulaymane Cissokho, who scored his seventh success before the limit, "I'm being too nice so I'm trying to be more aggressive." the ring and the coach (Virgil Hunter, ed) is very happy, it's a good omen, we will continue to progress like that and I still hope to progress.We are on the 3rd year at the pros and the job begins to I have a lot more confidence in myself and in my physical abilities, I'm getting stronger and stronger.