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Tony Yoka Rips Joe Joyce: He's Scared of Me, He's Like a Robot

World champion Tony Yoka has accused Joe Joyce of running scared and derided the Briton as a "robot" ahead of their Olympic super-heavyweight final showdown at Rio Centro on Sunday.

Yoka scored a controversial win over Joyce in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Qatar last year and the sharp-punching Frenchman believes it will give him the psychological edge.

Yoka said: "I have sparred a lot with Joe and I think he is more or less scared of me, psychologically, because of what happened in the World Championships. I don't feel anything when he hits me. He's just obsessed with hitting the other fighter - he's like a robot. He is a good person and very focused and determined, but he is boxing with his muscles, and not with his head."

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Joyce had to shrug off a poor start in his semi-final against Kazakh Ivan Dychko, but he came on strong in the latter part of the contest, thundering home big hooks as his opponent tired, to claim a clear decision.

Meanwhile Yoka picked off Croatian opponent Filip Hrgovic from the back foot to win a less convincing decision on the judges' cards, setting up Sunday's showdown to determine who will succeed 2012 champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua, who was a keen observer at ringside, believes Joyce is a better fighter in many respects than he was when he completed his remarkably swift rise through the ranks to be crowned super-heavyweight champion.

He said: "Compared to the Anthony Joshua we saw in 2012, Joe Joyce could be better, so I believe he will win the gold medal.

"He has more experience and grounding than I had had in 2012 because he has been taking his time. He has good stamina and he has got a better jab, and he can do a back-flip better than me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BillyBoxing on 08-21-2016

[QUOTE=Steve plunger;16968844]Joyce is rubbish....yoka in my opinion if a far better more fluent boxer and Joyce after watching the final deserved to lose and was simply clumsy and with no power ...yoka showed good all round boxing skills... and I…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 08-21-2016

[QUOTE=Red Cyclone;16968635]He's a brawler from what I saw of him going right for his opponents with big assaults. I never knew Yoka fought this guy before but I'm not surprised Joyce won both encounters, Yoka looks tailor made for Joe.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Red Skull on 08-21-2016

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;16968861]Your Sig is actually true. I have really bad insomnia and actually managed to fall asleep during Ward's last 2 fights and that's not even a joke.[/QUOTE] Hahaha! I usually just don't bother watching his fights but this one is…

Comment by deathofaclown on 08-21-2016

[QUOTE=Red Cyclone;16968635]He's a brawler from what I saw of him going right for his opponents with big assaults. I never knew Yoka fought this guy before but I'm not surprised Joyce won both encounters, Yoka looks tailor made for Joe.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by deathofaclown on 08-21-2016

I think Joyce is ok. Yeah he's not the most slick boxer but i think he's a decent pressure fighter and does some good work to the body.

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