There is currently a crowded light to heavyweight scene in the UK, but Anthony Yarde believes he will not only emerge as a pick for the group, he is the one everyone has heard of.
Yarde wants to avenge his defeat to Lyndon Arthur on Saturday night at the Bronze Box in East London. But Arthur isn’t the only talented lightweight athlete in the UK right now, as Joshua Buatsi, Callum Johnson, Callum Smith, Craig Richards, Rocky Fielding, Shakan Pitters and new British champion Dan Azeez are all vying for the upper position.
“I’m easily the biggest and hottest of them all – it’s not that I’m pretentious, it’s just the numbers,” Yarde said.
“Globally, I am known all over the world. That speaks for itself. I’ve done some of that on my own by being an interesting fighter. Your name doesn’t appear there for no reason. So respect Frank Warren and Tunde Ajayi, we’re a team.
“I know Craig and Joshua Buatsi very well and they’ve done a great job for themselves, but that’s not my focus right now. It’s just this war.
“We’re going to skyrocket from this Saturday onwards.”
The number won’t be much unless Yarde can get revenge on Arthur, who defeated him almost a year ago behind closed doors.
Arthur announced the split decision when they met before, when Yarde was largely eliminated before finally winning it in the final round.
He was shocked at not receiving a decision against Arthur, although his views have changed since reviewing the fight, though he still insists it was a close fight. He considers the experience part of his patience education.
And while the winner is lining up for a hit on the winner of the January 15 WBO lightweight belt fight between Joe Smith Jr and Johnson, Yarde insists it’s far from his thoughts. he.
“Everybody knows I was very inexperienced and my time in the ring was limited,” Yarde said. “Because it was a split and end decision, I received backlash because it shouldn’t have ended, I should have hit him out of there.
“It’s been a year, I’ve been practicing and putting my mindset back to what I used to be an amateur.
“In my second amateur game, they gave the other guy the right to decide, but the arena started booing. From that day on, my mindset was that I was going to knock everyone out.”
“In my head, I didn’t care about him being a world title knockout, because I knew that subconsciously played a big part in the first game. I was thinking about the world title, when I should have been thinking only about the fight.”
There has been a bit of friction between the couple when they met this week and Yarde believes both set a good example for young people from inner-city areas of doing the right things with their lives. surname.
“I come from a certain background, I wouldn’t say I was a perfect kid growing up, but I made the right decisions at the right time and I’m basically a good person, ‘ said Yarde. “I talked to Pat (Barrett, Arthur’s longtime coach) and he said Lyndon was like a son to him, he took him and kept him focused and I think that’s the bigger picture.
“People look at me or other people doing well, especially when I only started boxing at 19, it shows you can do different things at different ages. It doesn’t have to be boxing. Just because after finishing school, I don’t have to be a wanderer because I think I have no other choice.”
However, Yarde says that just because there’s no trash talk between him and Arthur, that doesn’t mean there won’t be fights in the future.
“You never know,” he said. “I’m not an actor, I don’t plan on what I’m going to say, I’m just myself.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was a Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 – covering 4 Olympic Games and many world title fights around the globe. He has written about boxing for numerous publications worldwide since the 1980s.
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