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Boxing: Anthony Yarde targeting WBO European title as next step on path to world glory

PUBLISHED: 09:29 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:29 06 July 2017

Anthony Yarde (right) goes on the attack against Chris Hobbs (pic Steven Paston/PA)

Anthony Yarde (right) goes on the attack against Chris Hobbs (pic Steven Paston/PA)

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Undefeated Anthony Yarde insists he is ready for a step up in class at the Copper Box on Saturday night as he power punches a path he sees leading to a world title.

The Ilford light-heavyweight has halted ten of his eleven rivals, but only two had won more fights than they had lost, which is in stark contrast to WBO European champion Richard Baranyi.

The Hungarian titleholder, with 18 wins in 19 fights, defends his title on promoter Frank Warren’s bill, screened by BT Sport and Box Nation.

“I want to become a world champion and I believe every fight from now should be a step up,” said Yarde.

“My opponent has had more knockouts than I have had fights, but I am massively motivated.

“He is coming to my back yard and I respect him for that, but I want to send a message to the rest of the division that I am developing at the perfect rate.”

Two other Peacock fighters, Daniel Dubois and Sammy McNess, also fight on the card with heavyweight Hughie Fury, Bradley Skeete, Ryan Garner, Sanjeev Sahota and Gary Corcoran in action.

Ilford cruiserweight Wadi Camacho will be in demand if he wins his English title clash with Arfan Iqbal on the Goodwin bill at York Hall on Sunday.

Money-spinning clashes with Isaac Chamberlain, who controversially outpointed the Ilford fighter last year, or another unbeaten prospect in Lawrence Okolie could be on offer.

“I will take the title, then those guys will have to come after me,” predicts Camacho.

Known as ‘Macho-Man’, Camacho heads into the fight with 17 wins and six defeats.

Unbeaten Conor Benn, celebrated with his father Nigel as he beat previously unbeaten Leamington fighter Mike Cole for his seventh victory at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

Back after a six month break, the Ilford prospect impressed, powering the solid hooks to force referee Jeff Hinds to rescue his battling rival after 33 seconds of the third round.

“The break has helped me improve, he was a game opponent, but I caught him with some good shots. I am well pleased,” said the 20-year-old Benn.

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