April 13, 2024

Yoka, the earthquake!

The shipwreck. Defeated on Saturday evening at Roland-Garros by Belgium’s Ryad Merhy, with little experience in the heavyweight division, Tony Yoka suffered his third defeat in a row in the ring, following his setbacks in recent months against Martin Bakole and Carlos Takam. Beaten unanimously by the judges, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion should have benefited from some leniency f…

The shipwreck. Defeated on Saturday evening at Roland-Garros by Belgium’s Ryad Merhy, with little experience in the heavyweight division, Tony Yoka suffered his third defeat in a row in the ring, following his setbacks in recent months against Martin Bakole and Carlos Takam. Beaten unanimously by the judges, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion should have benefited from some leniency from the referees, according to the head of the national professional boxing league.

In an interview with L’Equipe this week, R56

These remarks, suggesting possible arrangements with judges, cost him his job, and he tendered his resignation on Wednesday. In a press release announcing the news, Dominique Nato, President of the French Boxing Federation, wishes to make it clear that the entire FFBoxe Board is in total opposition to certain assertions made in this interview. On the contrary, the FFBoxe, through its National Officials Commission, is actively working on the initial and ongoing training of its referees to ensure the fairest possible judgements based on the absolute principles of ethics, probity and integrity.