Right now, in British boxing there are many fighters that are going about their business. One fighter that has really caught our eye is Light-Heavyweight, Anthony Yarde.
Yarde first professionally took to the ring back in 2015, 5th September to be precise. Since demolishing his first opponent Mitch Mitchell inside 2 rounds, he has continued his rise to stardom.
Almost three years on and fast approaching what will now be his 16th bout, Yarde is looking like a very big threat. At a ripe age of 26-years-old he will certainly be looking to develop further.
Born in Hackney, London, Yarde is a fighter that adopts an orthodox stance. He currently holds a professional record that is yet to be tarnished. After winning 14 of his 15 bouts by knock out his record stands as 15-0 (14 KO’s.)
Finishing it early
Dubbed ‘The Beast’, he is renowned for stopping his opponents early in fights. Only once in his career has Yarde been taken the full distance. This came right at the start in just his second fight, one which only lasted four rounds.
Gradually, as he has progressed and improved the amount of rounds he has been delegated to fight have increased. However, even after being put in fights with ten rounds instead of his original four, the destruction has still been the same. He is quite simply an animal that doesn’t want to be tamed.
A dominant display by the Brit in his last fight at York Hall, against Tony Averlant forced an early stoppage. A stoppage that came after Averlant was retired by his team.
Eyes on the prize
Last year he got his first taste of championship glory, he stepped out at the Copper Box Arena hoping to claim his first title. He did exactly that.
Polishing off Chris Hobbs inside four, Yarde won the British Southern Area Light-Heavyweight title. Two months later, he followed up his success adding another belt. He beat Hungary’s Baranyi. Similar to his fight against Chris Hobbs, it was another fight at the Copper Box Arena but in complete contrast, this one lasted just 2.21 minutes. A few minutes work and Yarde was now the WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion.
Next up another Hungarian, Nobert Nemesapati, fancied his chances with a belt on the line for Yarde to claim. He made no mistake in gobbling up the chance to call himself the WBO intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Champion.
After twice successfully defending his titles since, against Nikola Sjekloca and Tony Averlant. The Hackney fighter sent a frightening message that he is still very much hungry for more. He said: “We’re looking at the belts like they’re meat and we all want a feast.”
Signed with Frank Warren this young British fighter is definitely making in roads to the glory he wants to achieve. Ranked 2nd in his division by the WBO and 6th by IBF. He has certainly come far in his first three years fighting professionally.
Yarde is currently training for his latest fight 23rd June, at the O2 Arena London. He will take on Polish fighter Dariusz Sek. Make sure you check that one out!
By James Miller