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Souleymane Cissokho and Tony Yoka will box on September 10 at Roland-Garros


Boxing will make a comeback in the arena usually devoted to tennis, nearly 50 years after a fight by Jean-Claude Bouttier.

Souleymane Cissokho will put his WBA intercontinental super-welterweight belt back into play against Russian Sergey Lubkovich on September 10 on the center court of Roland Garros, where Tony Yoka will also be playing in a heavyweight fight against Croatian Petar. Milas. Cissokho, who had stolen this intermediate title at the expense of the Englishman Kieron Conway, in May in Arlington (Texas), in front of a crowd of 70,000 people, confirmed to AFP his return to the ring, announced Monday on social networks by the promoter AllStar Boxing and the broadcaster Canal +.

I wanted to fight again in front of a French audienceExplained the 30-year-old Frenchman, who was initially scheduled to be on the card for WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight, scheduled for London on September 25 against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Cissokho, who has thirteen victories in as many fights, will face Sergey Lubkovich who has 17 wins and two defeats among the professionals.

The other major poster of the evening will see Tony Yoka (10 wins in as many fights) defend his European Union heavyweight title against Petar Milas, also undefeated (15 wins). This evening will mark the return of boxing to the temple of tennis, where, on September 29, 1973, the fight lost by Jean-Claude Bouttier against the world champion of the means, the Argentinian Carlos Monzon, took place.

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