Yarde hungry for European belt

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 June 2017

Anthony Yarde (right) lets fly on his way to becoming the new Southern Area Light Heavyweight Champion (pic: Natalie Mayhew/ButterflyBoxing).

Anthony Yarde (right) lets fly on his way to becoming the new Southern Area Light Heavyweight Champion (pic: Natalie Mayhew/ButterflyBoxing).


Anthony Yarde is looking forward to his next title test against a champion who has had more stoppage wins than he has had fights.

The 25-year-old Yarde, who is based at Canning Town’s Peacock gym and has been hailed as boxing’s new knockout king, faces WBO European champion Richard Baranyi at the Copper Box Arena on July 8.

And the light-heavyweight is unfazed by the Hungarian’s 18-1 record, which includes 12 KOs, and is planning on making a statement in front of his home crowd on the Frank Warren promotion.

After recording 10 stoppages in his 11 wins to date, Yarde believes every fight from now on should be a step up in classh.

He said: “I don’t believe in rushing but I’m massively motivated to get another belt around my waist.”

The hype continues to grow after the Peacock prospect, trained by Tunde Ajayi, knocked down solider Chris Hobbs six times to win the Southern Area title last month.

“Baranyi is the champion and he is coming to my backyard,” added Yarde.

“I respect him for that, but this is a golden opportunity to add another belt to my collection and send a message to the rest of the division. I’m developing at the perfect rate.”

The cancellation of Billy Joe Saunders’ defence against Avtandil Kurtsisze means more of the spotlight will be on Yarde, but he added: “There will be added pressure that I thrive off. It’s just another fight and I’m 100 per cent confident I will win.

“A lot of people will be tuning in to watch the manne in which I win and how impressive I look.”

The Frank Warren bill will be screened live on Box Nation and BT Sport and also features Peacock’s unbeaten teenage heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois in his fourth pro outing.

Meanwhile, Sam McNess gets a first pro title shot and toughest test so far against Southern Area super-welterweight champion Asinia Byfield.

Other bouts lined up for the Copper Box show include Larry Ekundayo against Gary Corcoran, Bradley Skeete against Dale Evans and Darryl Williams against Jahmaine Smyle.

Canning Town cruiserweight Daniel Mendez made it four wins in five against Croatian Tony Bilic on the Goodwin promotion at York Hall, with a 40-36 verdict.

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