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Yoka knows his next opponent

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 4, 2020

We now know the name of the ninth opponent of Tony Yoka’s professional career! After the Americans Travis Clark (beaten by KO), Jonathan Rice (beaten on points), the Belgian Ali Baghouz (beaten by KO), the French Cyril Leonet (beaten by KO), the British David Allen (beaten by technical KO), the Germans Alexander Dimitrenko (beaten by technical KO) and Michael Wallish (beaten by technical KO) and the French Johann Duhaupas (beaten by technical KO), the 2016 Olympic heavyweight champion will try to claim his ninth victory in nine fights against German Christian Hammer. This fight will take place on November 27 at the H Arena in Nantes, behind closed doors, since France will still be confined at that time.

Hammer has fought Fury and Povetkin before

Aged 33 (against 28 for Yoka), Christian Hammer (real name Cristian Ciocan) is of Romanian origin and has held the WBO European heavyweight champion’s belt three times between 2012 and 2018. He played 31 fights during his professional career, for a record of 25 victories (including 15 by KO) and 6 defeats (including 3 by KO). His last fight dates back to December 21, 2019, when he beat the Bolivian Saul Farah by technical knockout. Hammer notably fought against Tyson Fury in 2015 (loss by retirement) and the Russian Alexander Povetkin in 2017 (loss on points). He is therefore an experienced fighter, who should give Yoka more trouble than his previous opponents. “Like I said I want to box twice this year to climb as high as possible in the rankings and start 2021 with a top 10”, tweeted Yoka (11th world in the IBF Federation), last week. Climbing up the hierarchy to face a big-caliber opponent therefore begins with a victory against Hammer. Which is only a step in “The Conquest” towards a world belt.