Tony Yoka vs Dave Allen

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Tony Yoka vs Dave Allen
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Date: 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Location: 
Dome de Paris-Palais des Sports, Paris XV, Paris, France
Rounds Scheduled: 
10
Contracted Weight: 
Unlimited
Referee: 
Christophe Fernandez

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Fan Cards: Tony Yoka vs Dave Allen


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
90
DAVID ALLEN
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
81


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
89
DAVID ALLEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
82


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
89
DAVID ALLEN
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
82


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I like this fight.

Tony Yoka is a talented fighter, Olympic gold medalist in Rio, great amateur, beat Joseph Parker, beat Joe Joyce in the Olympics and on at least one other occasion, beat Filip Hrgovic twice as well. As a professional, so far, it is looking good for Yoka, 4-0, he's been 6 round, not bad. As a professional, of course Yoka has a lot to prove, you could question that maybe he should have done better against Jonathan Rice (7-2, second opponent), if he is a great amateur who then makes a great professional.

Yoka is 6'7, he is a very tall fighter, he weighs in at around 240, so he is a big heavyweight, and not a heavyweight who seems to carry too much excess weight. At 26, Yoka is young, especially for a heavyweight, but he may have planned on being further forward in his professional career at 26, he was banned for testing positive for a PED, which is terrible. Yoka has a lot to prove, and a lot to learn, Dave Allen is a step up opponent, let's see how Yoka deals with him, will he struggle? This is a good test for Yoka.

David Allen is good, at British, Commonwealth level, he is good, he is good inspiration for boxers who know they are not and never will be world level or capable of winning a world title, but can still come through hard times, exceed expectations, and achieve. Allen is durable, he has a good chin, he has heart, he is strong, 6'3, not short, he is squat, stocky, hard to really bully, physically, he can make you work, and he is a good inside fighter, has decent variety. Allen is not a big puncher, he isn't particularly fast, athletic, he isn't a counter puncher with great skill, and although he has improved his defence recently, he isn't a great defensive fighter.

Yoka has 4 inches height on Allen, over half a foot of reach, but he will probably be a good 20lbs lighter than Allen. Yoka is naturally bigger, obviously, at distance, it is Allen who has to cut the distance and get into range, rather than just fire off, which is a substantial disadvantage. Allen will be heavier, that is interesting in that in the early rounds, he may be able to push Yoka back, take him out of his element, test him for his ability to sustain his good work when it is going against him a bit. I think Allen should be able to soak up Yoka's power, definitely early, because of Allen's tough chin, and his weight. I think early, Yoka should be able to get more shots off, and the cleaner shots as well, he has a massive reach advantage, and he is the more talented fighter, we know that from his amateur background, but Allen has nothing to lose, if Yoka hits him with 3, 4, 5 big, big punches which Allen soaks up like a sponge, does Yoka just expend energy, and throw the kitchen sink at Allen?, or does he get behind his jab, aim to break down or just out point Allen?

If Yoka was to punch himself out, I don't think the ramifications for him would be terrible, naturally, Allen is not big, he isn't a puncher, and if Yoka hits him early, with a lot of clean punches, that will take it out of Allen, and Allen will probably tire himself, he carries a lot of weight, which is not good for any athlete, stamina wise, I think if Yoka punches himself out, he will be in quite deep waters, because Allen is a fighter who is driven, he has desire, he keep pushing and pushing, if he sees any grimace from Yoka, he will be right on him, and he mixes it up from head to body as well, if he could make it an inside fight, it could be interesting. What will be interesting as well, is early, how will Yoka deal with the pressure and durability of Allen? Can he use his skill, jab to stamp his authority, control the pace and win the rounds without working himself hard?

This is a tough test for Yoka.
Allen and Yoka are both 26, Yoka has the much better amateur pedigree, he is the more skilled, talented fighter, he is really I think bigger as well.
Allen has much more experience than Yoka does, 18 fights, Yoka has only had 4, that does count for a lot, amateur and professional boxing are not the same, and a great amateur career does not guarantee you a great, highly successful professional career. Allen has been in against Whyte, Ortiz, so he has a fair bit of experience, a lot of experience, and good experience as well, compared to Yoka.

Yoka should win this, if he doesn't, then it will be disappointing from him, the pressure really is on him, not Allen. I expect Yoka to box fairly well in this fight, and for the most part, maintain his ability to box in the fight which is of the tempo, pace, style he wants to box at. If Yoka stops Allen, that will be impressive, it will be a good statement. If this does the full 10, that is a good learning fight, good experience for Yoka, I expect him to beat a fighter of Allen's calibre (if it goes 10), by a minimum of 4 points, any narrower, and there will be reason to question whether or not Yoka can be a world level professional later in his career.

Yoka is not the only young heavyweight who is building, learning, and working his way through the early part of his professional career, there is also Dubois, Gorman, Joyce, and more. There is history with Joe Joyce and Tony Yoka, I think there is rivalry, Yoka established himself as the better when they were amateurs, he is much younger than Joyce, but what a fight that could be if they fought as professionals. One thing I will say, is that at this current time, Joyce is ahead of Yoka in the pros, his career is moving forward more quickly.

I think Yoka wins this, by a very wide UD.

Yoka needs work.

Didn’t see this fight.... did yoka dominate?