Dome de Paris-Palais des Sports, Paris XV - Olympic gold medal winner Tony Yoka (5-0, 4 KOs) got his biggest heavyweight test to date, and stopped David Allen (13-4-2, 10 KOs) in the tenth round.
This was the third fight of the year for Allen, who stopped David Howe in March and went to a one round technical draw, due to a bad cut, with Lenroy Thomas in March.
Yoka knocked out Cyril Leonet in the fifth round in April.
The contest started with Allen coming forward and Yoka using his long jab. In the second round, Allen was going to the body, while Yoka continued to the jab and started shooting hard punches when Allen got in close. Allen was pushing the pace and forcing the action, but also eating punches for his trouble.
There was solid in-fighting during the third and Yoka was landing some heavy, accurate punches. During the fourth, Allen was stunned for a moment and shook it off as he continued to press forward and take punches. The jab and uppercuts up the middle were hitting Allen often.
By the eight round, Yoka was really standing his ground and putting his punches together on Allen, who displayed his solid chin by taking the shots and firing back. At this stage Allen was simply throwing wide punches hoping for a homerun shot that never came. Yoka seemed to be a little tired, but never lost control.
At the start of the tenth, Yoka came out firing and unloaded with a full arsenal of punches. He was battering Allen all over the ring and the referee jumped in to save the British fighter.
On the undercard, Ahmed El Mousaoui (29-3-1, 6 KOs) continued his streak of wins and stayed busy at the same time, but it was tougher fight than expected as he picked up an eight round unanimous decision over Alexey Evchenko (16-11-1).
The scores were 77-76 for Evchenko and 77-75, 78-75 for Mousaoui.
Junior middleweight prospect Souleymane Cissokho (7-0, 5 KOs) faced the biggest test of his career when he won an impressive ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Carlos Molina (28-10-2, 8 KOs). The scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-91.
Cissokho was stronger and more accurate with his punches. Molina was rocked a few times, but never stopped fighting and trying until the end.
Molina has now lost four bouts in a row, after dropping decisions to Carlos Adames, Ahmed El Mousaoui and Josh Kelly in March.
This was Molina's first bout back in 154 since 2015.