Boxing’s foremost in-ring energy couple is prepared to get returned to work.
Tony Yoka and Estelle Yoka-Mossely seem in separate bouts on the identical reveal for the 2nd straight time when you consider that the pandemic. The pair of Olympic Gold medalists from Bagnolet, France will seem to further their respective seasoned careers this Friday from H enviornment in Nantes, France.
Headlining the demonstrate—which airs are living on Canal+ in France and ESPN+ in the united states—Yoka (8-0, 7KOs) faces Germany’s Christian Hammer in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout.
Yoka checed in at 239 ¼ pounds, almost three pounds lighter than his last fight when he stopped countryman Johann Duhaupas in the 1st round this previous September in Nantarre, France.
Hamburg’s Hammer (25-6, 15KOs) tipped the scale at 258.eight kilos, more than 5 pounds heavier than his ultimate battle when he stopped 99-combat veteran Saul Farah (71-24-three) within the 1st round last December in Wolgast, Germany. the weight additionally represents the heaviest for Hammer because might also 2017.
Yoka has been the gap just once in his seasoned profession, coming in his 2nd battle when he went six rounds in a facets win over Jonathan Rice. The 28-yr ancient, 6’7” heavyweight—whom represented France in 2012 London and 2016 Rio, capturing Olympic Gold within the latter—enters using a six-battle knockout streak.
Hammer has been stopped 3 times in his profession, although the last such occasion coming in a controversial eighth round TKO loss to England’s Tyson Fury in his closing battle earlier than difficult for—and successful—his first heavyweight championship. Fury tested fine for a banned substance later on, notwithstanding the influence not realized unless well after the fact and resulted in a backdated two-year suspension which coincided together with his 30-plus month exodus from the sport.
The visiting Hammer is 8-2 considering that nighttime, having extended Alexander Povetkin and Luis Ortiz in elements losses whereas also scoring knockout wins over David price and Michael Wallisch alongside the style.
Yoka-Mossely (7-0, 1KO) joins her husband in combating for the 2d time due to the fact that the pandemic, and also her second fight due to the fact that giving delivery to the couple’s 2nd infant. The unbeaten lightweight faces countrywoman Emma Gongora in a scheduled eight-circular contest.
The bout come two months after the 28-year ancient Yoka-Mossely soundly outpointed unbeaten Aurelie Froment over eight rounds this past September.
history turned into made in 2016 by way of the couple, who were engaged on the time once they both captured Gold medals for France. Yoka outpointed England’s Joe Joyce within the super heavyweight ultimate circular, whereas Yoka-Mossely turned away China’s Yin Junhua to become the primary-ever feminine boxer from France to declare Olympic gold.
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox