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Boxing Preview: Tony Yoka (11-1-0, 9 KO’s) vs Carlos Takam (39-7-1, 28 KO’s)

SATURDAY: Tony Yoka-Carlos Takam Heavyweight Showdown to Stream LIVE on ESPN+ – Streaming action from Paris begins at 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT

BOXXER has today announced a blockbuster co-promotion with French promotion All Star Promotions in Paris next month.

‘Super’ Dan Azeez will take part in huge international contests at the Zenith Paris – La Villette on Saturday, March 11, with the event being broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK and Republic of Ireland and on Canal+ in France – with a third, bonus BOXXER bout to be announced later this week.

Date: Saturday, March 11th
Main card: 8 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ET
Main event ringwalks (approx): 11 p.m. GMT / 6 p.m. ET
The fight will take place at the Zenith de Paris-La Villette, Paris XIX, Paris, France
Sky Sports will broadcast the fight in the UK, while the fight will be available to stream live on ESPN+ in the U.S.
The main card is set to get underway at 8 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ET with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 11 p.m. GMT / 6 p.m. ET.

Azeez (18-0, 12 Ko’s), the main light-heavyweight warrior in history to win the English, English and Region titles, makes the following stride on his own central goal to turn into a world title competitor as he challenges for the empty EBU European Light-Heavyweight Title.

Thomas Faure, a former French national champion and former European light-heavyweight champion (21-4-1, 2 KOs), will square off against him during the 12-round contest. Prior to the match, Faure was undefeated in eight contests.

In December of that year, Azeez defeated Rocky Fielding in Bournemouth, completing his ascent from English to British and Commonwealth champion with four stoppage victories in his previous five fights. Azeez sees the European title as the next important step on his inexorable rise to world championship contention. He is determined to proceed methodically.

Dan Azeez stated, I have always wanted to be a world champion, and I believe that winning the European title will help me get there. I’m looking forward to the fight and doing a lot of training.

Two Olympians will fight in the main event: Cameroonian Carlos Takam (39-7-1, 28 KOs) and European heavyweight champion Tony Yoka (11-1, 9 KOs).

Since becoming a professional wrestler in 2017, Yoka, who defeated Joe Joyce to win the gold medal for France at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, has established himself as a formidable competitor on the European professional circuit.

His only defeat thus far came against highly regarded heavyweight Martin Bakole, who earlier this month signed an exclusive promotional agreement with BOXXER as he prepares to challenge for the world title in 2023. Bakole is currently ranked No. 1.

Ben Shalom, CEO and Founder of BOXXER, stated: We are thrilled to begin working with All Star Boxing and Jerome Abiteboul. We truly believe that we can collaborate with promotions worldwide to expand the sport and produce the biggest fights.

“The European title is the next step on Dan Azeez’s path to world championship contention. He is such an exciting talent.” Dan will have a great time, and we will announce additional fights later this week.

In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, Sky Sports will live stream the March 11 event.

Tony Yoka vs. Carlos Takam; Heavyweight
Thomas Faure vs. Dan Azeez; Light heavyweight
Farhaad Saad vs. Macauley McGowan; Super middleweight
Lauren Price vs. Naomi Mannes; Women’s welterweight

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