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Tony Yoka vs. Johann Duhaupas on September 25 in Paris

2016 Olympic gold medal Tony Yoka (7-0, 6 KOs) will continue his heavyweight run on September 25, when he faces Johann Duhaupas (38-5, 25 KOs) in Paris, France.

Yoka will come back after a year of inactivity, after last being in the ring back in September of 2019 when he knocked out Michael Wallisch in three rounds.

To gain more momentum in his career, Yoka signed on with manager James Prince and then signed a co-promotional agreement with Top Rank.

As reported, Yoka was due to make his Top Rank debut back in March, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Duhaupas, 39-years-old, will also come in with nearly a year of being away. He was in the ring in October 2019, when he knocked out Luis Pascual. The veteran is still dangerous and has not been stopped since accepting a 2016 scrap with Alexander Povetkin at the last minute after Bermane Stiverne withdrew following a weigh-in.

Yoka, due to his age of 28, is being fast-tracked to a world title and has already been matched against, and stopped, fighters like Dave Allen and Alexander Dimitrenko.

His momentum took a big hit when he suffered a minor ban for failing to make himself available for drug tests while vacationing overseas, which created a near one year layoff from June 2018 to July of 2019.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by REDEEMER on 07-31-2020

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;20680753]Surly he's gonna have to fight outside of France sometime if he's to progress to global status.[/QUOTE] Yoka is not in the upper top prospects ,he’s going to need more time ,he was probably a better amateur style wise…

Comment by The D3vil on 07-30-2020

So what's the deal? Is this guy Yoka any good or not, European posters?

Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-30-2020

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;20679716]Can't imagine he doesn't, can't see Top Rank or James Prince agreeing to work with him if he can't even get into the US[/QUOTE] Surly he's gonna have to fight outside of France sometime if he's to progress to global…

Comment by Oldskoolg on 07-29-2020

Duhaupas is clearly past it and hasn’t even looked durable since the frightful beating at the hands of wilder

Comment by whatismyname on 07-29-2020

[QUOTE=BigZ44;20679747]Sink or swim time for Yoka, The Reptile is no joke, smashed the dreams of The Nordic Nightmare[/QUOTE] Exciting prospect. Looking forward to seeing him vs the top dogs

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