Tony Yoka, a gold medalist from Rio and currently one of the most potent heavyweights in world boxing, has found an opponent for his next match. It will not be Martin Bakole, a Congolese who has been associated with Filip Hrgović for a long time and for whom it seemed that the Yoka's team "kidnapped" him from the best ranked Croatian heavyweight.
The decision fell on another African, Carlos Takam. The 40-year-old Takama is a former challenger for the world title. It was in October 2017, when he fought Anthony Joshua, jumping into the match instead of Kubrat Pulev. Takam has shown many times in his fights how dangerous he can be against an opponent.
He has great movement, great shooting, and can be said to be a complete fighter. Takam is aware of the task ahead of him and it will not be easy at all, but one thing is for sure: He will enter the match fully motivated and focused, and ready to win.
He offered good resistance then but was defeated by a stoppage in the tenth round. With a stoppage after excellent resistance, he was defeated in his last match, which he played in July this year against Joe Joyce.
He opened well, threw "Juggernaut" into big trouble, but then ran out of strength and lost in the sixth round.
He is a boxer with 39 victories and six defeats in his 16-year professional career. Yoka has been successful in all 11 professional matches so far, most recently in September when he defeated Peter Milas. Croatian player was an equal opponent in that match until the moment of the decision, the top shot that Yoka hit and directed the match towards his victory with a stoppage at the very end of the seventh round.
BoxRec currently ranks him as the 19th heavyweight in the world, while Takam is three positions below him. We will briefly return to the beginning of Martin Bakole. A couple of days ago, information came from his team that they were played by Yoka and that the option of a match against Filip Hrgović is still relevant.
But there is one problem. Namely, none of the representatives of "El Animal" contacted them. It is known that Eddie Hearn has been advocating this match for two years, but it is obvious that he, as long as he is only a co-promoter for both of them, does not intend to take things into his own hands until the teams reach an agreement.