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Peacock pair punch way to explosive wins to end year on top at Copper Box Arena

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 December 2017

Anthony Yarde hits out (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Anthony Yarde hits out (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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Canning Town’s Peacock gym power-punching duo Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois will look ahead to 2018 with plenty of confidence after ending the current year in explosive form.

Daniel Dubois floors Dorian Darch (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing) Daniel Dubois floors Dorian Darch (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Both fighters slammed their way to inside-the-distance victories at Stratford’s Copper Box Arena, to delight the live audience and TV watchers, providing the power that suggests they can cash in as money-making attractions in boxing’s big time.

Light-heavyweight Yarde beat Montenegro’s Nikola Sjekloca in four rounds, taking some sharp punches on the way but also taking pride in overcoming his toughest rival to date.

“He had lost only four fights against top rivals and never been stopped so I have to be pleased to stop him in four rounds.” admitted a happy Yarde.

His powerful left and right hooks sent Sjekloca to the canvas in the second and fourth rounds before referee Steve Gray signalled the end after one minute eight seconds of the fourth.

Anthony Yarde celebrates (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing) Anthony Yarde celebrates (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

The three minute 51 second destruction of Aberdare’s Dorian Darch by heavyweight Dubois matched the 2014 win of current world king Anthony Joshua to the exact second – although London 2012 Olympic champion Joshua was 25 years old at the time, while Dubois is still just 20.

Crushing rights from Dubois rocked Darch from the opening minute as the powerful prospect maintained his destructive reputation by knocking his rival to the canvas before the end of the round.

More solid shots from Dubois saw three more later knockdowns before Referee Robert Williams eventually called a halt.

“For a 20-year-old he is a fearsome prospect. He’s hard to match but we will not rush him,” admitted promoter Frank Warren who is plotting the exciting fighter’s future along with manager and Peacock gym boss Martin Bowers.

n Conor Benn, son of former two-weight world champion Nigel, looks for his 11th straight win as he meets Cedrick Peynaud on a Matchroom bill at York Hall tonight (Wednesday).

Martin J Ward bids for the European super-featherweight title against Juli Giner, while Ireland’s two-time Olympic champion Katie Taylor seeks the world female lightweight belt.

The Eddie Hearn show also features rising prospects Lawrence Okolie, Ted Cheeseman and Felix Cash.

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