Peacock pair share lessons in life with Academy pupils ahead of Copper Box show
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 December 2017
Two big-hitting Newham prospects who have handed painful lessons to all their opponents went back to school with a special invite for pupils.
Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois, both based at Canning Town’s Peacock gym, went with promoter Frank Warren to invite pupils from the Hackney Boxing Academy to attend the show at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday where both appear on the world title bill.
Yarde has won all 13 of his pro contests, stopping all but one of his rivals, and faces Serb Nikola Sjekloca for the WBO European and Inter Continental light heavyweight titles.
Giant heavyweight Dubois has five successive KO wins and faces former Anthony Joshua opponent Dorian Darch (Aberdare), as world champions James DeGale and Lee Selby make title defences.
The trio visited the Boxing Academy, which offers an alternative pathway for students already excluded from mainstream education, through the discipline and culture of boxing.
And they were joined by The Boxing Academy’s principal Anna Cain to talk of the benefits of boxing, before both fighters put on a training session.
“We thought it’d be appropriate to come here with two of our young stars,” said Warren. “Boxing is a catalyst to help educate youngsters and give them direction in their lives. The work Anna and her staff do here is absolutely fantastic.
“It’s nice to give something back to the community. Boxing doesn’t always get the respect it deserves and places like this highlight the positive impact boxing can have on people.”
Cain added: “We are thrilled to welcome Frank, Anthony and Daniel to The Boxing Academy. It is brilliant Frank has invited our pupils, staff and their families along to his event at the Copper Box Arena next Saturday.”
Yarde told the pupils: “I was born in Hackney and grew up in Stratford so I can relate to a lot of you. The streets are tough but sport, and boxing especially, has put me on the right path in life.
“It’s never too late to change your life around. Work hard towards something and you’ve got a better chance, trust me.”
Dubois said: “I was very energetic as a kid and needed to be controlled in a positive way. It is brilliant to see how boxing is being used to help the students here at The Boxing Academy.”