“Stung Me in the Ring and I Was Surprised” – Boxer Martin Bakole After Having a Bizarre Encounter in the Ring

Published 11/01/2023, 10:31 AM EDT

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Boxing has a penchant for throwing surprises when one least expects it. Take Francis Ngannou knocking down Tyson Fury for example. But it’s not always the underdog taking the fight to the champion that gets you. Sometimes, it is just random bizarre incidents that happen in the middle of the ring.

This encounter between Martin Bakole and Carlos Takam on Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is a prime example of that. During the course of the fight, Bakole felt stung by something but it wasn’t a jab to the chin. But, it wasn’t Takam who was moving like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

A boxing feat interrupted by the unexpected visitor


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While the athlete was engaged in a boxing bout of some repute battle with Takam, a wasp stung him in his ear and eye. And the attack did not stop there either as the insect continued its journey by entering his mouth.  

In an interview with ABC News, Bakole gave an insight into his harrowing experience in the boxing ring, Still coughing until now and it just disturb me in the ring and I was surprised it’s in my mouth. … I was vomiting in my changing room. I kept vomiting for one minute. I think [the wasp] is still here.”

The sting eventually led to a state of constant unease with lingering irritation. However, Bakole refused to surrender even after his condition took an unexpected turn. He remained focused on his mission in the ring, unfettered by the surprise attack from the insect.

Bakole pursues his journey to becoming a rising star in boxing

Over the recent years, Bakole has triumphed with flying colors in the world of professional boxing. Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has presented remarkable performance fighting out of the UK. Out of his outstanding feats, his only defeat was against Michael Hunter in 2018.


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Based on the reports of The Sun, Bakole looks forward to making his return to the boxing ring to be part of a clash with Deontay Wilder,He’s No 1, I’m No 2, why not have the fight? If he’s not ready, they should take him out of the rankings. I need that fight, maybe in December, maybe in January next year.”

Overcoming the unpredictable attack, the heavyweight champion remained focused on the fight, maintaining his composure and landing powerful blows. His dedication as a boxer is demonstrated through his ability to push through peculiar and disruptive situations.


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The unforgettable encounter with a wasp tested Bakole’s determination and resilience allowing him to shine brighter in the face of Carlos Takam. His journey in pursuit of a world title shot overcoming unexpected obstacles, the banking world will remember for a long time. 

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Written by:

Soheli Tarafdar


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Soheli Tarafdar is a Viral Sports Moments writer at EssentiallySports. With a postgraduate degree from Calcutta University, her academic foundation has been a cornerstone in her journey as a writer. Specializing in literature during her studies, she embarked on a writing career that initially led her to explore academic content creation.
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Smrutisnat Jena