News | Aug 19 2016

Tony Yoka: ‘Physically Joe Joyce is a beast, but he’s not smart’

Tony Yoka speaks to John Dennen as the super-heavyweight rivalry heats up
Dave Allen on Tony Yoka
Yoka  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

FRENCHMAN Tony Yoka, the World gold medallist, lines up against Filip Hrgovic in the super-heavyweight semi-final of the Olympic Games today. On the other side of the draw GB’s Joe Joyce boxes Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko for a place in the 91&kgs final.

“I’m excited it’s been a long time I’ve been waiting for this Olympic Games, four years. I worked a lot, I’m the number one in the rankings, I’m World champion so for me I just want the gold,” Yoka told Boxing News.

Yoka wants to meet Britain’s Joe Joyce in the super-heavyweight final. “The three other medallists are the three guys that I beat in the world championships, Filip, Joyce and Dychko,” he said.