Tony Yoka returns to action today in Paris, facing Martin Bakole in a 10-round heavyweight main event, which will stream live on ESPN+ for those in the U.S. and air on Canal+ in France.
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The show and our live coverage will start at 3 pm ET.
Yoka (11-0, 9 KO) won gold at the 2016 Olympics, and is considered one of the top rising contenders in the division today. The 6’7”, 30-year-old Frenchman has fought all 11 of his pro bouts — 12 counting today — in his home country, and will be the favorite here, as he has been in the other fights.
Yoka vs. Bakole fight date, start time ; Date : Saturday, May 14 ; Time : 2 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. BST ; ringwalks (approx): 6 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. BST.
But Bakole (17-1, 13 KO) does bring some danger. The 28-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, now based in Scotland, is a good puncher and has only been beaten by Michael Hunter, which came back in 2018. Bakole recently worked in Tyson Fury’s camp ahead of Fury’s win over Dillian Whyte, so he’s had some good preparation for this one.
Tony Yoka and Martin Bakole get in the ring on Saturday night after a long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Francophone pair were due to meet on January 15 in Paris, but France introduced more restrictions amid a surge in infections which meant the event had to be postponed.
Yoka had then planned to fight Filip Hrgovic, but that plan fell through and a new fight in May was confirmed.
Bakole has six wins since he was knocked out by Michael Hunter back in 2018, while Yoka remains undefeated, and a win for either fighter would establish them as a serious contender for a title fight.
Here's everything you need to know about Yoka vs. Bakole. Tony Yoka, the undefeated French heavyweight who captured Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Games, takes a major step up in class this Saturday