Tony Yoka vs Ryad Merhy

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Tony Yoka vs Ryad Merhy
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Date: 
Saturday, December 9, 2023
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Fan Cards: Tony Yoka vs Ryad Merhy


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
95
RYAD MERHY
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
95


scorecard by TUXTUCIS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
92
RYAD MERHY
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
98


scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
94
RYAD MERHY
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
96


scorecard by VLAMONZOB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
10
9
10
8
10
10
9
9
10
10
95
RYAD MERHY
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
94


scorecard by AUMONIER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
95
RYAD MERHY
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
95


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
TONY YOKA
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
97
RYAD MERHY
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
93




Comments

Another bad performance for Yoka, probably the last one since it was already his second "come back fight" after losing against Bakole, then losing his first attempt of a come back against Takam. Slightly more active than in his last fight, Yoka used his jab to take profit of the height and reach much more in his favour (he is 20 cm higher and has 10 cm reach avantage over Merhy), but it was almost all he had to offer. Not many power punches, no change in rythm, while Merhy was working less in number but with combinations and not only single punches, and a lot more determination. At least he tried to knock out Yoka (but, coming from cruiser, he was not able to really hurt Yoka like Bakole did).

Yoka, having been favoured by referees in this last two fights (twice he was beaten up but judges made him believe he was close, with one judge giving a draw against Bakole, and a split decision against Takam. This time no, all three judges were fair, and it was all but a surprise that he loses again. I can't imagine Yoka still promoted by Canal +, the french channel does not show a huge interest in boxing (except the Yoka fights, they offer one meeting of boxing every year, no more), and Yoka clearly can no longer be an interesting boxer to represent France in the boxing world. My guess is that he may resign, or may use his still valuable classification to be a gatekeeper in some lucrative meetings in America (he is best ranked that the latest opponents of Jared Anderson or Efe Ajagba or Arslanbek Makhmudov, and even though I don't think he would have a chance against them, that would still be interesting fights and it could make his opponents go up in rankings).

Edit : even though the speaker announced a scorecard of 96-94 for all three judges, it seems that once again in fact one judge gave a 96-94 for Yoka and the other two for Merhy. It also thanks to those split decisions (or majority decisions) in the losses that Yoka doesn't fall that hard in the rankings. While he is nowhere near top level fighters, he is still in top 25 according to boxrec

The loss for Yoka had huge consequences on boxing in France.

The president of French Boxing League, Robin Dolpierre, former judge, said that the judges of the fight should have given the win to Yoka no matter what happened on the ring. He commented that in another country the judges would have given the win to the national fighter, and we don't know how to that in France. The next day he had asked to resign from his role by the Federation.

The TV broadcast was not very appreciated by the french channel Canal + (the main event had a small card, only three fights, one ended up in 1 round (V.Toutin beating Belujsky), another was okay if not world class material (French championship between Colin and Ntambwe), but there was a hiatus of 40 minutes between the two. The whole event contained 5 fights but two of them were disputed very early because it involved Tony Yoka's brothers (who both won), and they had to be early so Tony Yoka could watch them before his own fight, and yet were not televised. Overall, with the disappointing performance of Tony Yoka, the french channel seems very unsatisfied at the end of the evening. Too bad, not so long ago this channel was major for boxing in France, this time it is as of they are about to stop any investment in the sport.