Roland Garros, France - Heavyweight contender Tony Yoka (11-0, 9 KOs), the Paris native who won Olympic gold for France in 2016, stopped previously unbeaten Petar Milas (15-1, 11 KOs) in the seventh round.
Their fight marked the first boxing event to take place at the famed tennis venue since 1973.
Yoka was in action back in March, when he knocked out Belgian native Joel Tambwe Djeko in the twelfth round to pick up the European Union title.
Milas has fought most of his pro career in Germany. He’s picked up wins over fighters like Kevin Johnson and Francesco Pianeta, but he's also been inactive since October of 2019.
The fight began with the fighters sizing each other up and looking for openings. Milas was switching his stance between orthodox and southpaw. Milas was not afraid to let his hands go when he got in close. Yoka was getting a sense of the range and making adjustments.
Yoka was starting to work his jab in the second, to the head and body. Milas was moving well and shooting flurries when he got close. The two had their moments in a close third. They were trading words and trading punches. In the fourth, Yoka was applying more pressure and making Milas work hard to keep up. Milas was moving a lot, with Yoka using that stiff jab to set up more meaningful shots.
Yoka was controlling the fifth, with his pressure and jab. They were trading punches in the sixth, as Yoka was baiting Milas to continue exchanging shots. During the seventh, a big left hook rocked Milas. Yoka landed a follow-up right hand shot to drop him. Milas beat the count, looking to stay away, with Yoka trapping him against the ropes to land shots to the body to score a second knockdown. Milas once again got up, but the referee felt that he wasn't in any condition to continue and waved off the fight.