Everyone loves a prospect. Seeing someone’s career develop from the early embers to the top level is a satisfying feeling. Being able to tell friends you’ve been following the newest boxing superstar from leisure centres to arenas provides a good level of smugness.
Another attribute everyone likes is a banger. Someone who has dynamite in both fists and the ability to finish a fight in seconds, they put bums on seats and get people watching and talking about the carnage unleashed.
Usually such knockout ability is saved for the heavyweights but on Friday in Brentwood and live on Boxnation the latest punching sensation makes his re-appearance. Anthony Yarde.
The light-heavyweight has quickly made a impression on the British boxing public. The 25 year old residing in Ilford, Essex has had 8 wins from 8 fights. 7 via KO, 4 of which have come in the first round. Every punch is thrown with bad intentions and you can’t help but sit on the edge of your seat waiting for the KO blow.
Under the watchful eye of Babatunde Ajayi he’s also showed boxing ability but with his power he’s been unable to find a opponent to go the rounds.
Last seen at the AT&T arena Texas on the Liam Smith–Canelo Alvarez undercard he vanquished his American opponent Rayford Johnson in the first round leaving him stricken over the top rope. (full fight video below) Knowing the job was done Yarde had backed off before the ref jumped in to save the American, showing a level of humanity to go with his unquestionable power.
At this level he resembles a young Mike Tyson or Anthony Joshua with his power and thick physique. His power will obviously be tested when he steps up in levels of opposition but his Hungarian based opponent this Friday is Ferenc Albert (22-10-10KO’s) who shouldn’t provide much resistance.
So don’t blink on Friday as it might be quick when Yarde enters the ring and enjoy the ride of Britain’s latest big punching prospect.