French Heavyweight Phenom Tony Yoka Returns Against Joel
Tambwe Djeko On ESPN+ Mar. 5
Heavyweight contender Tony Yoka, the 2016 Olympic gold medal
sensation from Paris, has set his sights on his first
professional belt. Yoka will battle Belgium-born Joel Tambwe
Djeko in a 12-rounder for the vacant European Union title
Friday at H Arena in Nantes, France.
In the 10-round lightweight co-feature, Estelle Yoka Mossely
(8-0, 1 KO), the other half of boxing’s most prominent
husband-and-wife duo, will fight German contender Verena
Kaiser (14-1, 6 KOs).
The Yoka-Djeko card will stream live and exclusively in the
United States on ESPN+ beginning at 2:40 p.m. ET/11:40 a.m.
“I am excited to once again showcase my talents live in the
United States on ESPN+,” Yoka said. “Djeko is a formidable
opponent who I cannot overlook as I continue to move up the
Yoka (9-0, 7 KOs) became an instant sensation in his home
nation when he became the first French boxer to win an
Olympic super heavyweight gold medal. Following a six-round
decision victory over Jonathan Rice in his second pro bout,
he notched six consecutive stoppage wins, including a
first-round blitzing of former world title challenger Johann
Duhaupas last September. Yoka returned last November on an
ESPN+-streamed bill and scored a shutout 10-round decision
over Christian Hammer. Djeko (17-2-1, 8 KOs) has never been
stopped in a 20-fight career and has won eight consecutive
bouts since a split decision defeat in 2016.
In other streaming action:
Undefeated French middleweight prospect Farrhad Saad
(7-0-1), winner of six straight, will take on Bulgarian
veteran Borislav Ivanov (9-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
In a six-round junior lightweight bout, Khalil el Hadri
(10-0, 6 KOs) will fight Jon Martinez (7-6-5, 1 KO).