Rising Super Welterweight Prospect Money Powell IV
Returns to the Ring June 2 vs Hungary's Sandor Jozsa!
(May 17th) Exciting unbeaten prospect Money Powell IV (1-0, 1 KO) will make his second professional start on Friday, June 2 when he takes on Hungary's Sandor Jozsa (5-3-1, 2 KOs) in a four-round super welterweight attraction from Le Dome - Palais Des Sports de Paris.
The June 2 event is headlined by French Olympian and 2016 super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka making his professional debut against unbeaten Travis Clark (12-0, 8 KOs) live in France on Canal Plus at 7:30 p.m. CET.
"Stepping into the ring in Paris is going to be a special experience and I can't wait to show the French fans what I'm all about," said Powell IV. "I want to be able to connect with as many people as possible and this is a great opportunity in just my second fight. I'm going to keep training hard like I do every day and give the fans something to remember on June 2."
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar France and sponsored by Unkut Paris, start at 25 € and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 0825 038 039, or visiting www.ticketmaster.fr and www.FranceBillet.com.
"I am very happy to take 'Money' Global! All of France will get a chance to see the future of Boxing. Money Powell is an American, born in Germany and now fighting in Paris, France in only his second professional outing. This goes to show you that 'Money' truly knows no borders," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. "This young man has so many great attributes inside and outside of the ring and we're excited to introduce him to as many new fans as possible. This is going to be a great experience for Money as he continues to sharpen his skills in the pro ranks."
Powell made his pro debut on April 9 in Los Angeles in spectacular fashion as he used his height and reach advantage to dominate Todd Templeton and score two knockdowns before the referee halted the fight at 2:55 of the first round.
Born in Germany, where his former boxer father was stationed in the military, Powell dedicated himself to boxing for good when his family moved back to the U.S. in 2011. The 19-year-old has quickly made a name for himself since then, winning the 2016 Youth Welterweight National Championship to earn the top ranking in the 152-pound division by USA Boxing. Fighting out of Fort Mitchell, on the state line of Alabama and Georgia, Powell will continue his pro campaign on June 2.
The 26-year-old Jozsa turned pro last October and won his first three contests, including two victories by way of stoppage. Representing Hungary, Jozsa has been busy in 2017, fighting five times already including one draw and victories over Levente Siktar and most recently Laszlo Vadasz.
French 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Tony Yoka
Makes Pro Debut Against Unbeaten Travis Clark
June 2nd Le Dome - Palais Des Sports de Paris!
(May 12) French Olympian and 2016 super heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka will make his highly-anticipated pro debut on Friday, June 2 as he faces unbeaten Travis Clark (12-0, 8 KOs) from Le Dome - Palais Des Sports de Paris and live in France on Canal Plus at 7:30 p.m. CET.
"I can't wait to step into the ring for the first time as a professional in front of all my fans in Paris," said Yoka. "This is a dream come true, but it's also just the first step. I've been improving every day in the gym with Virgil Hunter and I can't wait to show everybody what I've got. I know that my team is going to put me into the positions that I want, so it's up to me to deliver in the ring. It all starts on June 2 and you don't want to miss it."
"This is truly a momentous occasion to have the 2016 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist making his pro debut in front of his hometown fans," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. "Tony Yoka's outstanding performance in Rio was just the start of what I know will be a spectacular career. Tony is training with the renowned Virgil Hunter and along with his swagger and personality outside of the ring, he is putting all the pieces in place with an eye towards becoming a huge star in this sport. I'm excited to help Tony reach his full potential and elevate the French boxing scene to the next level."
"This is a great opportunity for Tony to start his pro career in style and for the French boxing fans to get a look at the next superstar in this country," said Jerome Abiteboul, President and CEO of Unkut and CEO of Ringstar France. "Tony has all of the elements of a superstar in the making. Combined with the training of Virgil Hunter and the guidance of Richard Schaefer, there is no doubt that he is going to reach his full potential in this sport."
One of the most exciting stars to emerge from the Rio games, Yoka followed up his 2012 Olympic appearance by beating fighters from Croatia, Jordan and the U.S. Virgin Islands before defeating Great Britain's Joe Joyce in the gold medal showdown. Now trained by Virgil Hunter, Yoka will look to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua, who went from Olympic super heavyweight gold to heavyweight world champion.
Born in Paris, France, Yoka began boxing at six-years-old and was trained by his father Victor, a former professional boxer in the Congo. The 24-year-old made a splash by winning the French Junior National Championship in 2008 and 2009 before claiming a silver medal at the 2010 Youth World Championships. He continued his rise to prominence by winning French National Championships in 2012 and 2014 while also defeating current heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker at the 2010 Youth Olympic games.
Born in Morristown, Ohio, Clark is unbeaten since beginning his pro career in 2009 with a second round stoppage of Andrew Snow. Now fighting and training in West Virginia, Clark won the state's heavyweight title by stopping William Shahan. He won three times in 2016 before making his 2017 debut in March with a third round TKO over Branden Lee Hinkle.