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Boxing: Dates for hard-hitting duo

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 February 2018

Anthony Yarde celebrates (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Anthony Yarde celebrates (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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Peacock gym duo Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois face title fights next week as local boxers in the Frank Warren camp get their first action of 2018 when the promoter stages two shows in six nights at York Hall.

Light-heavyweight Yarde aims for his 15th straight win – after 14 knockouts – when he tops the bill on February 24 to defend his WBO European and Intercontinental title.

The power-punching Yarde faces Frenchman Tony Averland, while colleague Dubois looks to add Kent heavyweight DL Jones to his list of victims after six successive stoppages in the paid ranks to date.

Dubois and Jones meet for the Southern Area title, with the Sheerness fighter having eight wins and a draw on his card.

Local boxers Umar Sadiq, Harvey Horn and Hamzah Sheeraz, plus Joe Pigford, Zalfar Barrett, Archie Sharpe and Boy Jones Jr also appear on the show, which will be screened on BT Sport and BoxNation TV channels.

Six night later Warren’s York Hall show features former West Ham amateur title winners Charlie Duffield and Charlie Driscoll alongside Sanjeev Sahota and Josh Kennedy, who are both unbeaten in 10 fights.

The March 2 bill also sees Harley Benn, DP Carr, Alfie Price, Zak Chelli and Jake Pettit in supporting bout action.

*Multi-titled amateur James Branch has signed pro terms with promoter Frank Warren and will train with Martin Bowers at Canning Town’s Peacock gym.

Southpaw cruiserweight Branch, a former amateur at Repton, is 22 years old and it was 22 years ago that his father James Branch senior also signed with promoter Warren after an outstanding amateur career of his own at the Bethnal Green club.

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