Boxing: Ilford boxer Anthony Yarde chasing British title fight with Frank Buglioni after latest success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 July 2017

Anthony Yarde wheels away after his latest win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Anthony Yarde wheels away after his latest win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)


Light heavyweight ripped the WBO European title from Richard Baranyi of Hungary inside the first round on Saturday

Ilford light heavyweight Anthony Yarde has a British title bid in his sights after his latest explosive first-round win at Stratford’s Copper Box Saturday.

Yarde took 150 seconds to take the WBO European light heavyweight title from Richard Baranyi and promoter Frank Warren is pushing his fighter for a clash with Frank Buglioni, the current British champion.

Buglioni is an ex-Warren fighter and his current promoter, Eddie Hearn, would also offer big purses to match the rivals who have sizeable London fan followings.

Yarde had more problems with a tooth abscess in his build -up than he had with Baranyi as the Hungarian threw tentative shots, before a solid straight right sent him to the floor.

“I predicted I would finish him with a straight right, but he got up,” said the 25-year-old Yarde, who is trained by Tunde Ajayi at Canning Town’s Peacock gym.

Yarde wasted little time in unleashing another barrage of blows and referee Steve Gray rescued Baranyi, whose 19-1 record was far better than any of the Ilford fighter’s previous rivals.

Power-puncher Yarde now takes a summer break, before looking to extend his 12-fight victory march, which includes 11 stoppage wins.

Tougher tests are clearly ahead, but the new WBO European champion’s awesome power makes him an increasing threat to any light heavyweight.

At York Hall on Sunday, there was a title setback for another Ilford fighter in southpaw cruiserweight Wadi Camacho.

His bid to claim the English belt ended with a fourth round defeat against powerful Derby rival Arfan Iqbal, who took his unbeaten run to 12 contests.

The taller Camacho tried to dominate the exchanges with his long right jab, but was shaken as his rival found the target with accurate rights in every round.

Though ‘Machoman’ rocked his rival more than once, he was taking solid shots on the ropes when the referee called a halt after 64 seconds of the fourth round.

The 31-year-old Camacho, who won the Southern Area championship in the same ring in March, protested, but his English title hopes were over.

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