Hard Yarde wants tougher home tests
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 November 2016
Peacock fighter races to another quick win
Peacock gym’s knockout specialist Anthony Yarde can claim the best quick win record in British boxing with his last seven victories coming in a total of just nine rounds.
The explosive light-heavyweight continued his short and sweet progress at Brentwood on Friday, body-punching Hungary’s Ferenc Albert to defeat in just 96 seconds.
Since being taken the distance in his second pro bout in June 2015, Yarde has won five bouts in the first round and two in the second.
After flattening his latest imported rival, the 25-year-old wants to step up the action against leading home light-heavyweights in the new year, but getting those rivals to face him could be difficult.
Yarde had not turned on the full power in his latest victory, landing long-range left jabs, before switching with a solid left hook to the body that saw the Hungarian slump slowly to the canvas.
Albert was still on the floor with a grimace on his face as referee Jeff Hinds tolled the 10 count and Yarde, trained by Peacock by Tunde Ajayi, celebrated by saluting his fans around the Brentwood Centre.
He said: “I am not rushing, but 2017 is going to be a big year for me, now my promoter Frank Warren’s BoxNation TV company has linked with BT Sport.”
Also winning on the Brentwood bill was former Newham amateur Johnny Coyle, who scored his 16th win in 17 contests, with one draw, as he easily outpointed Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Nelson Altamirano.
The 23-year-old Coyle is also keen to step up in class after cruising to his latest success with effective combination shots against an outgunned rival and winning every round on referee Kieran McCann’s scorecard.
Former West Ham amateur title winner Charlie Driscoll piled up the points against tough Yorkshire rival Ross Jameson in his four-rounder for another win.
Driscoll’s smart movement and accurate long range shots dominated the action as he set up his third straight success since switching to the paid ranks.
n Former Newham BC amateur title winner Danny Dignum launched his pro career with a one-sided win over Cardiff’s Jimmy White on the Matchroom bill at Wembley on Saturday.
Super-middleweight Dignum launched long-range attacks in the opening round and stepped up the pace in the second, with heavy hooks punishing White before the referee signalled the end.
“It felt great getting my first win, now I want to build my career,” said the 24-year-old former ABA title-holder.
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