Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Yoka vs Bakole?
Martin Bakole Ilunga beat Tony Yoka by majority decision in their 10 round contest on Saturday 14th May 2022 at Accord Hotels Arena in Paris.
The scorecards were announced as 92-96, 94-94, 93-95 in favor of winner Martin Bakole Ilunga.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 10 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Yoka vs Bakole stats
Back in May 2022, Tony Yoka stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 11 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Martin Bakole Ilunga made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 13 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Yoka had a slight advantage in power over Bakole, with a 82% knock out percentage over Bakole's 76%.
Tony Yoka was the older man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Yoka had a height advantage of 4 inches over Bakole.
Both Tony Yoka & Martin Bakole Ilunga fought out of an orthodox stance.
Yoka was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 3 year and 2 months later than Bakole, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 1 more professional rounds, 81 to Bakole's 80.
Yoka vs Bakole form
Yoka had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Petar Milas on 10th September 2021 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Roland Garros, Paris, France.
Previous to that, he had defeated Joel Tambwe Djeko on 5th March 2021 by technical knockout in the 12th round at H Arena, Loire-Atlantique.
Going into that contest, he had beat Christian Hammer on 27th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at H Arena, Loire-Atlantique.
Before that, he had won against Johann Duhaupas on 25th September 2020 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Paris, Paris.
He had beat Michael Wallisch on 28th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at H Arena, Loire-Atlantique.
Bakole had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Haruna Osumanu on 18th September 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Sport Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Sergey Kuzmin on 12th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had won against Rodney Hernandez on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire.
Before that, he had defeated Kevin Johnson on 19th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Newcastle Arena, Tyne and Wear.
He had beat Ytalo Perea on 2nd August 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Tony Yoka had been fighting more than Martin Bakole Ilunga.
Going to this contest, Tony Yoka had last fought 8 months and 4 days ago, while Martin Bakole Ilunga's last outing had been 7 months and 26 days ago.
Yoka's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
Bakole's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
What time did Yoka vs Bakole start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM UTC at Accord Hotels Arena, Paris, France, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 PM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Yoka vs Bakole?
Tony Yoka was a 21/100 (-480) favourite going into the contest, while Martin Bakole Ilunga made his way into the ring at 79/25 (+320) with oddsmakers.