Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Tony Yoka Suffered Hand Fracture, Out For Rest Of 2020

The toughest test in the promising career of Tony Yoka has come at a price.

Paris’ Yoka survived a stiff challenge from Germany’s Christian Hammer to prevail via unanimous decision in an awkward 10-round affair Friday at H Arena in Nantes, France. The ninth win in the career of the 2016 Olympic Gold medalist will be his last of 2020, as the unbeaten heavyweight prospect reportedly suffered a hairline fracture in his hand during the bout.

“It was a tough fight versus a difficult opponent but we grow [from the experience],” Yoka stated on Saturday. “Unfortunately, I will not be able to fight in December because I fractured my hand."


Yoka (9-0, 7KOs) was due to face Croatia’s Petar Milas (15-0, 11KOs) for the vacant EU heavyweight title, with the fight tentatively scheduled for mid-December at a location to be determined in France. The event will have to be postponed as a result of Yoka’s injury, though rescheduled rather than canceled as the EU—unlike other sanctioning bodies who are far too liberal with their whimsical rules—has strict policies in place for boxers committing to their title fights.

The event was to have also included an undercard appearance by Estelle Yoka-Mossely, whom also captured Olympic Gold in 2016 Rio and has appeared on the same show as her husband in each of their past two appearances. Yoka-Mossely scored an eight-round decision over former kickboxer Emma Gongora on the undercard of Friday’s show.

Boxing’s ultimate power couple both also shared a bill this past September in Nanterre, France. Yoka-Mossely (8-0, 1KO) outpointed Aurelie Froment—her third straight win over an unbeaten opponent, and her first fight since giving birth to the couple’s second child in May—while Yoka tore through countryman and former title challenger Johann Duhaupas in 121 seconds in the main event.

The win over Duhaupas was the first ring appearance for Yoka since last September. His knockout win over Germany’s Michael Wallisch took place in this very same venue, marking his second fight in less than three months after having served a year-long suspension for repeatedly failing to comply with random drug tests.

A triumphant return this past September marked hope for a fresh start as the unbeaten 28-year old looked to earn his place among a booming rise of young heavyweights.

Friday’s showing versus Hammer was viewed by the sport’s harshest critics as a step in the wrong direction, although the Hamburg-based Romanian heavyweight is a tough night’s work for anyone in the division. It’s even more so the case when you are forced to fight through a hand injury, which also in turn explains why Yoka’s corner urged him to simply box his way to victory rather than seek to close the show.

The win maintains Yoka’s unbeaten record, even if it cost him style points. Unfortunately, it also cost him one more payday in 2020, as plans to spend more time with his wife and fellow unbeaten prospect will be spent at home for the holidays rather than in a boxing ring.

“We will take time off to take care of this,” vowed Yoka, who is co-promoted by Top Rank and Ringstar-France, with the former angling for a stateside tour for the 6’7” heavyweight sometime in 2021.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BillyBoxing on 11-29-2020

Good learning experience. I think Yoka should rematch Hammer to do better just like Fury did with Chisora. Sometimes a guy give you good work and that's what a young fighter needs.

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 11-29-2020

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20913911]There’s only 4 weeks left in the year and wasn’t going to fight again anyway Sounds like it’s just an excuse for a poor performance[/QUOTE] As I mentioned in the story, he was due to fight Petar Milas in December.…

Comment by heavyweight62 on 11-29-2020

Yoka takes a peds break again, he has to strengthen so that these little ones can't beat him.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 11-29-2020

The US commentator mentioned that he was scheduled to face Petar Milas and his team was confident on their assumption that he would beat Hammer and come out unscathed. Milas hasn't faced anyone too dangerous but does have a decision…

Comment by BIGPOPPAPUMP on 11-28-2020

[QUOTE=Mammoth;20913970]Do you know who he was he going to fight?[/QUOTE] Petar Milas

Top Headlines
Angelo Leo: I Definitely See Myself Being a Multiple Time World Champion Ra'esse Aleem: I Would Love To Fight Akhmadaliev After I Get Pasillas Out The Way Stephen Fulton: Fight With Angelo Leo Underrated, We're Two Of Top Guys In Division One Of Three Judges Who Scored Romero-Marinez Will Work Romero-Sparrow Fight Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlos, Andrade, Sonny Liston, Pacquiao, More Pasillas: No Doubt, Fighting Another Undefeated Fighter Gives Me That Extra Push Andre Ward: I Can't Say I Was Surprised Kovalev Tested Positive For A PED Ellerbe: Romero Needs To Silence Critics, He Didn't Have Great Performance In Last Fight Pasillas: Everyone On My Team Understands My Goals - Go Straight Forward And Win Titles USA Boxing Converts Abandoned Department Store To Prepare For Olympics Dana White: Mayweather is Going To Give Paul Worst Ass-Whoopin You've Ever Seen James Tennyson on Facing Best at 135: They're Winnable Fights For Me, Very Winnable Johnson-Zumbano Added To Don King's PPV Card on January 29 Sparrow: We're Not Gonna Box Romero; Walking Straight To Him, Going For Knockout Conor McGregor: Jake Paul Is A Confused Little Kid, Boxing Him Is Not On My Radar Manager: Canelo, Media Are Underestimating Avni Yildirim Fury Promoter: Usyk Will Not Be Able To Get in The Way of Joshua Unification Ra'eese Aleem, Victor Pasillas - Set For WBA Title Fight Angelo Leo, Stephen Fulton - Ready For WBO Title Fight Topps Commemorates Muhammad Ali With 100 Piece Card Set To Be Dropped Over 50 Weeks IBF Refused To Recognize Xu Can as WBA Champion Romero To Face Sparrow In Non-Title Fight, Overweight Pauldo Fails Pre-Fight Physical Aram Avagyan Wants Jose Nunez Rematch - But With Different Officials Estrada-Chocolatito II Heading To Dallas; McCaskill-Braekhus II, Kyoguchi-Aragon Vega Added To Bill Ronnie Shields: Pauldo Cannot Fight Romero The Same Way Marinez Boxed Him Teofimo Lopez Jr. and Sr., Zepeda-Baranchyk Among 2020 BWAA Awards Honorees Stephen Fulton-Angelo Leo/Showtime Weigh-In Results From Mohegan Sun Martin Bakole Inks Advisory Deal With MTK Global Ra'esse Aleem: I'll Stop Pasillas, Prove That I'm True Threat In 122-Pound Division Claressa Shields: I'll Make MMA Debut In Mid-June; Excited To Prove All Doubters Wrong! Sor Rungvisai-Sithmorseng Clash Set For March 13 In Thailand Haney: Loma Acted Like I Didn't Exist When I Was His Mandatory; Does He Deserve Shot Now? Josh Warrington Explains Why He Took Big Risk in Vacating IBF Title Efetobor Apochi: I'm Here To Resurrect The Cruiserweight Division Wes Capper vs. Fano Kori Set For February 26 in Metro City Claressa Shields: Marshall Using My Name To Sell Fights, I'll Smoke Her! Arnold Barboza Eager To Face Jack Catterall, Willing To Fight in UK Ricards Bolotniks Would Love Lyndon Arthur or Anthony Yarde Rolando Romero: Jackson Marinez Is The Biggest Bitch In Boxing! Tim Bradley: Canelo Not Facing The Best Right Now, Yildirim is a Punching Bag, I'm Not Paying!
Latest Forum Threads