Billy Nelson, the trainer of heavyweight contender Martin Bakole (17-1, 13 KOs), is confident that his fighter can overcome 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Tony Yoka.
Nelson confirms that his boxer has accepted a deal to face Yoka on a December date in France.
The agreement has yet to be finalized and Bakole’s team is waiting for additional details.
Nelson feels confident that his boxer, even on foreign soil, will knock Yoka out.
“We are just waiting on confirmation,” Nelson told Sky Sports. “We want a breakthrough fight for Martin.
“[No hesitation in accepted this fight], none whatsoever. Martin will go over there and knock him out, I believe. I do genuinely believe Martin is capable of beating anyone in the heavyweight division. We don’t care where it is, although it will be harder in France. Yoka is a big, strong guy. The bigger the better for Martin, who sees it as a challenge.
“Martin has more speed. Yoka is technically very good but he still boxes like an amateur – he has stated that [learning a pro style] is what he’s learning from Virgil Hunter, who is a great trainer. Martin is much better than anyone he has fought.”
Bakole has won six fights in a row since suffering his sole defeat, a TKO loss at the hands of Michael Hunter back in October of 2018.
The once-beaten boxer was recently used as a sparring partner for Oleksandr Usyk, who was getting prepared for his impressive September decision win over Anthony Joshua to capture the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO world titles.
“A representative of Usyk’s team told us that Martin is definitely capable of being a world champion,” Nelson said. “They were very complimentary. It went brilliantly for Martin.
“Martin’s brother is Ilunga Makabu [the current WBC cruiserweight champion]. It’s who Martin learned to box from. He sparred every day for a year with his brother so he doesn’t have a problem with southpaws.”