The two French boxers will perform this Friday at Roland Garros, against Croatian Peter Milas and Russian Sergey Lubkovich respectively. A magnificent setting to pay tribute to the actor, a great lover of noble art.

“Jean-Paul would have come on Friday. He had come to all of my fights when the public was licensed. It’s going to be weird to walk into this room and not see him. “In the” Hands off my post “show, Tony Yoka didn’t hide that Jean-Paul Belmondo, who passed away last Monday at the age of 88, will hover in the ring this Friday. For his comeback at Roland-Garros after almost fifty years of absence and the fight, on September 29, 1973, lost by Jean-Claude Bouttier against the world champion of the means, the Argentinian Carlos Monzon, the boxing world would have liked one of its most famous and die-hard fans to be present. Alas, life, or fate, has decided otherwise. But the Olympic champion in Rio in 2016 has already said it: if he wins his 11th professional fight, inevitably, he will have a thought for the actor.

A success that is not guaranteed, however, according to him against the Croatian Peter Milas. In 15 fights, this one only counts victories, of which eleven obtained on KO “It is true that Petar has not fought since 2019 and it is unfortunate for him”, he confided there. a few days, during a final open training. “During the Covid and the various lockdowns, a lot of boxers couldn’t fight. I was lucky enough to be able to do it thanks to the support of Canal. Now, it’s not a won fight, far from it. I know he made a really good preparation. He still has fifteen wins in as many fights. This clash is a real opportunity for him. “Above all, this duel will offer a new challenge to the French heavyweight, facing an ambidextrous opponent:” It’s a profile that I have never boxed. It’s good to get started. An ambidextrous is even more complex because you find your distance in right-hander and, there, he switches to reverse guard of left-hander. Psychologically, that takes a lot of thought. It will be my most tactically demanding fight. “

Six months after his last fight, a victory by technical KO against the Belgian Joà «l Tambwe Djeko, which made it possible to take the European belt, Yoka wants to continue his” conquest “, the one which should lead him to a global belt. Now a member of the world top 10, the Frenchman still gives himself two or three fights, after that of this Friday, before taking up such a challenge. But at 29, he feels ready and does not intend to suffer a stoppage against Peter Milas. “I’m not coming on tiptoe”, he proclaimed as Roland-Garros will welcome two other members of the famous Team Solid which had brought back six Olympic medals from Rio. TO?? know Mathieu Bauderlique and captain Souleymane Cissokho.

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The latter will put his WBA intercontinental super-welterweight belt back into play against Russian Sergey Lubkovich. “I wanted to fight again in front of a French audience,” explained the 30-year-old Frenchman, who was initially due to be on the card for WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight. seen in London on September 25 opposite Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. A logical desire for him which has not happened in France for two years now. Cissokho, who has thirteen wins in as many fights, will face a Lubkovich who has 17 wins and two losses among professionals. “This fight will help me gain experience,” he said. “To continue to climb the ladder because the goal is to defend my belt but also to look for others.” Finally, at Roland Garros, for Yoka and Cissokho, he it will be the same fight: to grow and move closer to a world belt.

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