YOG on the Road to London 2012… talks to Tony Yoka
He took gold at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and now French heavyweight boxer Tony Yoka is looking to step into the ring at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
We caught up with him at the European Championships in Ankara, Turkey, where he won his first fight convincingly before being defeated on points by Olympic gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle, 11 years his senior, in his second bout.
“I have had to bridge the gap between me and the older boxers, so I’ve worked twice as hard to get here,” said the 19-year-old fighter.
Tony credits the Youth Olympic Games with giving him the “self-confidence” to go on to bigger and better things and since Singapore he also participated in the World Series of Boxing with Paris United, who were named overall world team champions.
Next stop: the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijani, where he hopes to secure his place for London 2012.
Speaking about his goal, he said: “I think that, having won a gold medal at the YOG, I can hope to qualify for the Olympic Games in London. It’ll be a bit harder, but I’m going to try my luck at the World Championships.”
Good luck to Tony and to all the other YOG athletes hoping to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.