Martin Bakole is targeting a challenge for the world heavyweight title next year and can cause “a lot of trouble” for the top fighters in his division, says his trainer Billy Nelson.
Bakole put in the best performance of his career as he twice beat French 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka in a points victory in Paris on Saturday, cementing his status as one of the most dangerous contenders in the game. the division.
The Congolese fighter, who trains under Nelson in Scotland, had been part of Tyson Fury’s training camp as the WBC world heavyweight champion prepared to face Dilian Whyte in April.
“I’m very happy with the result on Saturday night,” Nelson said. Sky Sports News. “I think this win will put Martin in the top five or six in most rankings.
“Looking forward we just want a good name, one or two more wins and I’m sure he’ll be in a great place to challenge for a world title early next year – that’s the plan.”
Before his victory over Yoka, Bakole’s highest position in any of the sport’s heavyweight rankings was ninth in the WBA lists, but his victory over Yoka, who was ranked fifth in the IBF rankings, could lead to a rise. considerable in all areas.
This could put Bakole in contention to face the winner of Anthony Joshua’s anticipated rematch with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, while also opening up the possibility of fights with other high-ranking British fighters such as Whyte, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce and Hugues Fury.
“Martin will only get better,” Nelson added.
“I think there’s still 25% improvement in him and that’s going to cause a lot of problems for all the heavyweights in the world.”