Senior Boxing Journalist @JamesDielhenn
Tony Yoka knocks out Johann Duhaupas in first round of heavyweight clash
Saturday 10pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event - Briedis vs Dorticos in the World Boxing Super Series final
Last Updated: 26/09/20 1:45pm
Tony Yoka made an emphatic statement by knocking out Johann Duhaupas inside one round of their heavyweight fight.
The 2016 Olympic gold medallist Yoka extended his unbeaten pro record to 8-0 in Paris on Friday night by blitzing his fellow Frenchman.
Yoka floored his opponent twice - when he landed a big uppercut which sent Duhaupas flying backwards, the referee called off their fight.
Duhaupas, although he is 39, is a former world title challenger who had gone 11 rounds with Deontay Wilder and the 12-round distance with Jarrell Miller. He also owns a win over Robert Helenius.
But he was no match for Yoka, 28, who is one of the hottest heavyweight talents in the world.
Since beating Britain's Joe Joyce in the Olympic final, he made a successful pro debut against an opponent who had a 12-0 record, and owns a stoppage win over Dave Allen.
A year ban for missing two drug tests halted his progress but, in beating Duhaupas so decisively, Yoka is firmly back in the heavyweight division mix.
Can the KO Doctor deliver again? 💪@DorticosKO landed a devastating right hand in the semi-final of the @WBSuperSeries— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 22, 2020
📺 He takes on @BriedisMairis for the #AliTrophy this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm pic.twitter.com/UfejbA8G8D
He was ranked before the fight at No 11 by the IBF and had signed to Bob Arum's US-based Top Rank Promotions.
Joyce, denied a gold medal at Rio 2016 by the Frenchman, previously told Sky Sports: "Against Yoka would be the first time there has been an Olympic final rematch. If we're both at a career stage where it makes sense, let's make the fight happen."
Yoka's wife makes winning return
Estelle Yoka-Mossely, who is married to the heavyweight, won her fight on the same night four months after giving birth to her second child.
Yoka-Mossely won an Olympic gold medal for France alongside her husband four years ago.
She extended her pro record to 7-0 by outpointing Aurélie Froment.
Latvia's hero 🇱🇻— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 22, 2020
Mairis Briedis' semi-final was full of controversy, but he's in the final and determined to take the #AliTrophy back to Riga.
📺 Briedis v Dorticos - 10pm, Saturday, live on Sky Sports Main Event & Arena @WBSuperSeries pic.twitter.com/RcCEWLTkSC
Saturday 10pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event - Mairis Briedis vs Yuniel Dorticos in the World Boxing Super Series final.
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