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Tony Toka stops Joel Tambwe Djeko in the final round to extend his unbeaten record to 10 wins in Nantes; Rio gold medalist aims to emulate Anthony Joshua by becoming world heavyweight champion

Last updated: 06/03/21 8:05 am

Tony Yoka celebrates his victory over Joel Tambwe Djeko

Tony Yoka brought Joel Tambwe Djeko to a standstill in the 12th round as France’s Olympic gold medalist continued his quest for the world heavyweight title.

The undefeated 28-year-old broke through his Belgian opponent’s resistance in the dying minutes as Djeko turned away after a hard blow, forcing the referee to give up the fight in Nantes.

Yoka extended his undefeated record to 10 wins since turning pro following his Olympic triumph in Rio as he works towards a world belt shot, which is currently held by the British duo of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury .

Tony Yoka Stops Joel Tambwe Djeko to Continue Pursuit of World Heavyweight Title Fight |  Boxing News

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An early glimpse of Yoka’s power came in the second round when he tore a right hand through Djeko’s defenses, while the Frenchman unloaded a crunching combination in the fourth.

Yoka’s precise jab was consistently followed by a powerful right hand, which repeatedly troubled Djeko, who had a severely swollen right eye as they entered the final rounds.

Seeking a ruthless finish, Yoka forced Djeko into the corner with a succession of club right hands, but it was a well-placed left jab that made his opponent turn their backs on him.

Tony Yoka Stops Joel Tambwe Djeko to Continue Pursuit of World Heavyweight Title Fight |  Boxing News

Tony Yoka connects with a hit against Joel Tambwe Djeko in their EBU heavyweight title fight

Yoka’s wife Estelle Yoka-Mossely was also in action on the same bill, sealing a points victory over Germany’s Verena Kaiser.

Yoka-Mossely has beaten Katie Taylor in the amateur ranks and could be on a collision course with the Irish star following her ninth straight win in the same lightweight division.

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