Yarde frank about pro chances

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 April 2015

Anthony Yarde is turning professional under promoter Frank Warren

Anthony Yarde is turning professional under promoter Frank Warren


Boxer joins paid ranks under Warren

An explosive talent is developing at Newham’s Peacock gym, where exciting and hard-hitting light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde has reeled off 12 amateur wins, including 11 stoppages.

Yarde’s reputation spread as he won the Haringey Box Cup, halting all his rivals, and the word has clearly reached leading promoter Frank Warren who has signed up the 23-year old on pro terms.

Yarde, who makes his debut on the May 9 Wembley bill that features Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr, is from the area where Nigel Benn grew up and has the explosive power to thrill fans like the ‘Dark Destroyer.’

Coached by Newham’s former ABA champion Tony Cesay, Yarde enjoyed an exciting amateur campaign without reaching national status, but believes his style is more suited to the pro ranks.

He starts his dream on the fight game’s glory road, trained and managed by Tundi Ajayi at the Canning Town gym and guided by promoter Warren.

An all-rounder, Yarde also showed talent in track and field athletics, and talks boxing sense. He said: “I’m not going to boast about becoming a world champion in X amounts of fights.

“My dream, like any fighter, is to become a world champ. I know that I’ve got the talent and the best people to guide me, now I’ve got to do my part in the ring,

“I believe that I can liven things up in the light-heavyweight division.

“I’m an exciting fighter, I love going for the knockout and bringing excitement, but I’ve got a lot to learn in the pros. With Tundi’s guiding experience I can reach the top.”

Ajayi added: “Anthony is an exceptional talent and I believe that with Frank’s promotional expertise and my guidance he can achieve his goals in boxing.”

Warren said: “I’ve had very good reports on him and from the fights I’ve seen he looks like a very powerful and hard-hitting raw talent.”

The fight-wise promoter has seen many hopefuls rise and fall on the road to the top over the past 40 years, but is clearly excited by Yarde’s punching potential.

n West Ham prospect Reece Collins stole the spotlight on the recent Fight for Peace show at North Woolwich, stopping reigning National Schools’ winner Levi Lewis.

Lewis, from St Mary’s BC in Chatham, took some solid shots from the West Ham boxer before the referee stepped in to stop the bout in the third round.

Also sparkling in West Ham colours were Tony Docherty and Rollie Palmer, who proved too good for Keddles duo Conor Woolard and Mason Wheeler.

There were also good results for the Hammers on the Smallholdings show at Mitcham where Christy and Paddy McCarthy gained good wins over home rivals Charlie Cousins and Harry Smith.

Billy Roome beat Billy Reading, but Shaun Galbraith looked unlucky to lose against home favourite Jimmy Delaney although he did take the best boxer of the night award.

n Jo Van De Berg made a successful debut as the first female boxer to compete in the colours of the Fight for Peace BC when she appeared on the show at North Woolwich.

Van De Berg proved too talented for Haddenham’s Amy Bradbury, winning in the first round to take the best home boxer award.

Muhammed S Mamood returned after a two-year break to outpoint Ken Joseph (Croydon).

Other results (Fight for Peace boxers first): Steve Dang lost pts Tony MacFarlane (Canvey); Khalid Hakimi lost pts Paul Sadjadi (Haddenham); Elyas Azizi lost pts Keith Pearce (Odyssey); Buny Saglam lost pts Anthony Ananuve (Odyssey); Ahktar Amiri lost pts Ant Abu (White Hart Lane).

n Newham BC plan another successful bill at regular venue the East Ham WMC on Friday night, where local junior and senior boxers are booked for action.

The promoting club feature their own junior prospects with neighbours Peacock BC supplying the senior talent on the show. Entry on the door is £10 adults and £5 concessions.

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