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Tony Yoka Shocks Joe Joyce To Win Gold Medal in Rio

Joe Joyce fell short in his bid to become Great Britain's 28th and final gold medallist of the Rio Olympics after losing his super-heavyweight final to Tony Yoka at Riocentro.

The ringside judges favoured Yoka's cleaner work over Joyce's strength and aggression by split decision, and the verdict was greeted by a number of boos.

Joyce had been seeking to emulate his former team-mate Anthony Joshua, the London 2012 champion who was watching at ringside.

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But Yoka's greater accuracy found the favour of the judges, leaving Joyce with little hope in the last round but to press for an unlikely knockout.

Joyce's style had been derided by Yoka in the build-up to the final, with the Frenchman describing him as a "robot" and questioning his punching power.

The pair had unfinished business after a controversial World Championship semi-final in Doha last year, when Yoka was controversially given the verdict and went on to win the title.

Joyce was the aggressor in the opener, landing first with a nice right hand, and pushing forward looking to squeeze shots through his opponent's tight guard.

The heavier shots continued to come in from the Briton, but Yoka enjoyed persistent success behind his left jab, which was enough to shade it on two of the three judges' cards.

Joyce continued his relentless push forward in the second, with Yoka a little looser and relying more on snaking counter-shots, again catching the judges' eyes.

It effectively meant Joyce needed a knockout to win the last, and despite his best efforts Yoka survived to take the victory on two of the three judges' cards.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-16-2018

joe Joyce won that fight.. yoka's gotten a lot of gift decisions

Comment by Madison boxing on 08-27-2016

joyce won that fight

Comment by Tom Cruise on 08-27-2016

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;16983705]Agreed about Joyce plunge, don't know about Yoka. And this mainly because Joyce is 30 while Yoka is 24. A.Josh looked "worst" than Yoka in London IMO only beating clearly the chinese dude and having tough close fights with Savon…

Comment by BillyBoxing on 08-27-2016

[QUOTE=Steve plunger;16970190]Joyce will never become a top heavyweight....from what I saw he has terrible technique and almost zero power.....even the way he holds his guard up looks odd and without structure.....horrible style to watch if I'm being honest and he's…

Comment by The plunger man on 08-21-2016

[QUOTE=BillyBoxing;16969113]Plunge, how do you think Joyce will do in the pros? I don't know, he's clumsy, Joshua is a better talent IMO. Yoka is a freak, he's almost 6 feet and moves like a slick middleweight. But Yoka seems to…

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