FROM STRATFORD TO THE STAPLES CENTER: YARDE LANDS SPOT ON HUGE WILDER-FURY SPECTACLE
Friday 16th November 2018
You will never see the progression of one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, Anthony Yarde, rushed by his trainer and manager Tunde Ajayi, but one thing that is assured is that the East London power-punching light-heavyweight is taking the right fights at the right time- Everything is timing.
The partnership of teacher and student has been successful in this 16-fight embryonic stage, thus far, and the opportunity to fight on the biggest heavyweight showdown of past years has presented itself, so Anthony Yarde will face another step up on December 1, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with an opponent yet to be announced.
Yarde has faced mass criticism about his record, resume and particularly, level of opponent but what people don't understand, is that Anthony hasn't had the 300/400 amateur fights that most accomplished amateurs have had.
In his weight division, the likes of Artur Beterbiev and Dimitry Bivol have plied their trade before making the transition to the professional ranks, whereas, Anthony is a raw novice.
7 days in the gym. working tirelessly to perfect his craft, the flamboyant and charismatic 27-year-old is yet to breach the world scene and has turned down two attempts at a world title knowing that his apprenticeship in the paid ranks is not quite finished.
The domestic scene at 175lbs is booming and there have been multiple names thrown at Yarde including Hosea Burton, Joshua Buatsi and Frank Buglioni, but Yarde and Ajayi are on their own journey and are just getting started.
The last time Yarde featured on a stellar undercard of this magnitude was when Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez defeated Britain's Liam Smith at the A T&T Stadium in Arlington, stopping Rayford Johnson in scintillating fashion.
Since then, Yarde has racked up some impressive wins while stepping up in levels, defeating former world title challenger Nikola Sjekloca, Tony Averlant and Walter Sequiera, all inside the scheduled distance.
People want to jump on the keyboard and start shredding Yarde for taking 'meaningless' fights but at the end of the day, these are learning fights and fights that will stand him in good stead for when he challenges for one of those straps in the near future.