Gold Medalist Yoka Set For Pro Debut
French Olympian Tony Yoka, who won the gold medal in the super heavyweight boxing category at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, will make his pro debut on June 2.
Yoka is noted for his size — he stands 6’7" with a reach of 82 inches. He is promoted by Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Sports and trains with Virgil Hunter out in California. Yoka is scheduled to face the undefeated Travis Clark (12-0, 8 KO) in his first pro bout.
"I can’t wait to step into the ring for the first time as a professional in front of all my fans in Paris," Yoka said. "This is a dream come true, but it’s also just the first step.
"I’ve been improving every day in the gym with Virgil Hunter, and I can’t wait to show everybody what I’ve got. I know that my team is going to put me into the positions that I want, so it’s up to me to deliver in the ring."
In addition to his Olympic gold, the 25-year-old won a gold medal at the 2015 World Amateur Championships and a bronze at the 2015 European Games. In 2010, Yoka won a gold medal at the Summer Youth Olympics and a silver at the World Youth Championships.
Since the super heavyweight division was introduced to the Summer Olympics in 1984, there have been four boxers who have gone on from winning the gold to obtaining heavyweight titles, including Wladimir Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, Lennox Lewis and Alexander Povetkin.