Unbeaten Heavyweight prospect and 2016 Olympic Heavyweight Gold medalist Tony Yoka scored a lopsided ten round decision over veteran contender Christian Hammer on Friday night at the H Arena in Nantes, France. Yoka forced the combat throughout much of the contest, but also had to show that he could take a punch periodically over the course of the fight as Hammer was able to occasionally land hard hooks to the head in exchanges of offense between the two fighters. Yoka’s greater activity and seemingly cleaner more effective punches however, proved to be the difference as he was able to box his was to a convincing decision victory. Tony Yoka advances to 9-0, with 7 Knockouts. Christian Hammer falls to 25-7, with 15 Knockouts.
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In the Women’s Lightweight division,2016 Lightweight Olympic Gold medalist Estelle Yoka-Mossely, the wife of Tony Yoka, scored an eight round decision over Emma Gongora. Yoka-Mossely frequently landed right hands to the head and generally got the better of the action throughout. Estelle Yoka-Mossely advances to 8-0, with 1 Knockout. Emma Gongora 0-2, 0 Knockouts.
Undefeated Heavyweight Viktor Vykhryst remained unbeaten by scoring a six round decision over Kamil Sokolowski. Vykhryst frequently threw and landed combinations throughout. It was one such combination highlighted by a hook to the head that sent Sokolowski down in the third round on the way to a convincing decision victory. Viktor Vykhryst advances to 5-0, with 4 Knockouts. Kamil Sokolowski falls to 10-20-2, with 4 Knockouts.
Undefeated Welterweight Volkan Gokcek scored a workmanlike six round decision over veteran Aboubeker Bechelaghem. Gokcek seemed to outwork Bechelaghem over the course of the six round bout, but under strange circumstances, Bechelaghem was initially announced as the winner. While it is unclear as of this writing as to whether there was an error tabulating the scorecards, after several minutes, the scorecards were read again, with Gokcek declared the winner. Volkan Gokcek advances to 5-0, with 2 Knockouts. Aboubeker Bechelaghem falls to 12-12-2, with 0 Knockouts.
A card that kicked off a full slate of cards throughout the sport of Boxing throughout Thanksgiving weekend featured a look at two rising Heavyweight prospects, a somewhat bizarre scoring issue in a welterweight bout, as well as a rising contender in the talent deep Women’s Lightweight division. This card also featured the unique distinction of a husband and wife competing on the same event. Given both’s respective Olympic pedigree as well as each’s respective rising status in the professional ranks, it may not be far in the future that the Boxing world could see both challenge for world championships on the same card if of course both continue to progress forward in their respective careers.
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