Yarde set for one final fight this year before promoter lines up shot at a world title

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 October 2018

Ilford light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

Ilford light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

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Anthony Yarde faces one more contest this year before moving on to set up a world title bid in 2018 according to his promoter Frank Warren.

Ilford’s unbeaten light heavyweight scored his 17th straight victory on Saturday, hammering Argentinean Walter Sequeira to a fourth-round defeat at the Brentwood Centre.

“He was a tough rival, but I took him out in four rounds. It was a good experience, now it’s onwards and upwards,” smiled Yarde.

The 27-year-old’s latest victim proved solid in the early rounds, taking Yarde’s shots and the Argentine came swinging back with his own punches, but never looked like upsetting the odds.

The stream of powerful hooks and uppercuts finally took their toll as Sequeira was battered to the canvas three times in the fourth, before referee Phil Edwards signalled the end.

“Sequeira was awkward and I had to work him out,” added Yarde.

“This was only my 17th professional fight and I only had 12 amateur bouts before that, so I am still doing my apprenticeship.”

However, another unbeaten Ilford fighter on the bill suffered his first pro defeat as super middleweight Umar Sadiq was floored and outpointed by Zac Chelli.

It proved an even scrap as tall stylist Sadiq matched his aggressive rival, before being dropped in the sixth round and losing a 77-74 verdict on referee Chas Coakley’s scorecard.

Finishing the right side of points verdicts on the show were featherweight Lucien Reid, super welterweight Hamzah Sheeraz and cruiserweight James Branch.

Reid proved too classy for tough Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Rafael Castillo winning comfortably despite a gashed eye which needed six stitches.

“This was the first time I had been cut in a boxing ring; the only other time was when my brother caught me with a golf club.” said Reid.

Ilford 19-year-old Sheeraz made it five straight pro wins taking, with the prospect taking all four rounds against Hull’s Zygi Butkevicius, landing accurate long range punches and working well inside.

Woodford’s Branch earned his second pro victory in convincing style hammering Derbyshire’s tough Kent Kauppinen, winning every round.

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