Close to Tony Yoka, Souleymane Cissokho delivers on Tuesday an element which certainly had its importance in the fight lost by the tricolor heavyweight on Saturday evening at Bercy.
Many illusions flew away on Saturday evening at Bercy for Tony Yoka, then beaten by the Congolese Martin Bakole to suffer his very first defeat among the professionals there. The face quickly bloodied, the leaking ankle, the Olympic champion of Rio in 2016 missed his duel, very quickly overtaken and marked by the power of his opponent. With a real mitigating circumstance if we are to believe his friend Souleymane Cissokho.
” What we don’t know is that Tony broke his nose during training camp.blows on RMC the WBA Intercontinental super-welterweight champion. […] We take a little hit in terms of confidence, it plays on morale. A boxer ready at 100% does not worry and has no apprehension, he will go for it at 100%, while in the unconscious one who has had an injury will put a little brake. I spoke a lot to his entourage and this is the first fight where they were worried because it was not easy with this broken nose. You could even see his crooked nose in pre-fight interviews… »
Bronze medalist in his category at the Rio Games, Cissokho insists: “ When you do a training camp and you bleed every time you put on the gloves, it’s very complicated for morale. […] We are not looking for an excuse but it is unconscious. Losing a lot of blood like that is not pleasant. You’re breathing very badly, you’re like apnea. In this case, Yoka’s nose quickly exploded in this fight where he could never take the upper hand.