Power-punching Yarde eyes another title in the battle of the big-hitters at Copper Box

PUBLISHED: 15:30 15 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, hailed as boxing’s new knockout king, is looking forward to his next title test against a champion who has had more stoppage wins than the challenger has had fights.

The 25-year old Ilford light-heavyweight faces WBO European Champion Richard Baranyi who has won 18 of his 19 bouts stopping 12 rivals before their duel at the Copper Box Arena on July 8.

He is unfazed by his Hungarian opponent’s record 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, power-puncher Yarde believes every fight from now should be a step-up:”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 gym prospect trained by Tunde Ajayi, knocked down soldier Chris Hobbs six times to win the Southern Area title last month.

“Baranyi is the Champion and he is coming to my back yard. 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 world title-holder Billy Joe Saunders defence against Avtandil Kurtsidze means more of the spotlight will be on Yarde, but he insists: “There will be added pressure that I thrive off.

“It’s just another fight and I’m 100 per cent confident I’ll win. A lot of people will be tuning in to see how impressive I look,” adds Yarde.

Meanwhile, Fairbairn boxers have stayed in training for their annual bid for honours at the Haringey Box Cup tournament at the Alexandra Palace this weekend.

Europe’s biggest Box Cup tournament in it’s 10th year, attracts around 500 entries in competition starting on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday with admission on the door.

The Ilford club line up two senior entries A 64kg Fatjon Gola and B 75kg: Joshua Gustave.

Fairbairn youth entries are A 52kg: Aran Lawrence , B 56kg: Taps Makadho and 64kg: Taha Riaz.

Preliminary contests are scheduled to start at 6 pm on Friday evening with semi finals Saturday at noon and finals on Sunday at noon.

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