Fresh off the back of his 15th win, Anthony Yarde’s march from Hackney to world domination of the light heavyweight division continues unimpeded.
Yarde’s 6th round stoppage victory against Tony Averlant at York Hall was his second successful defence of his WBO European and WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight titles, and as far as he’s concerned, he’s just getting started.
Coming to the sport relatively late is rarely a recipe for top-flight success, but the discipline and commitment required to learn the art of boxing proved to be the perfect outlet for his athleticism. Yarde’s physicality and raw power saw him storm the amateur scene, turning pro in 2015 after just 12 bouts.
Harbouring ambitions to play football professionally as a youngster, Yarde’s dreams were dashed at 17 when he suffered a broken toe during a trial with QPR. Despite also playing rugby for Harlequins, he went on to find the sport he’d been waiting for.
At 15 fights, 14 knockouts and 15 wins, the future holds big things for Antony Yarde. Currently ranked number 2 in the world by the World Boxing Organisation, world titles beckon.
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