The 23-year-old amateur standout won the Haringey Box Cup tournament in 2013, winning all his fights by knockout and ended his career in a vest and headguard with 12 wins and 11 stoppages.
All-action Yarde believes that his explosive style was always suited to the professional code and is excited to now join the paid-ranks and starts his dream of becoming a world champion.
Yarde wasn’t only a hit in the boxing ring, he showed great potential on the athletics track in the 100m, 200m sprints and shot put under GB Olympic legend Tessa Sanderson, but the thrill of the boxing ring ensured that he kept his gloves on.
The Ilford ace will be trained and managed by Tundi Ajayi, head of Staminaforsale UK Management, at East London’s world famous boxing gym The Peacock and the date of his pro-debut will be announced shortly.
“I’m very happy and grateful to start my professional career under Frank Warren and with Tundi training me, I believe that I’ve got the best team to take me to the very top of the sport,” Said Yarde.
“I’m not going to make big boasts about becoming a world champion in X amounts of fights, my dream, like any fighter is to become a world champion and that’s what I’m in this sport to achieve and I know that I’ve got the talent to do that, but I’ve got the best people around me to guide me and I’ve now got to do my part in the ring,”
“I’ve had a short but exciting time in the amateurs and I always believed the professional side of things is where I belong. I believe that I can liven things up in the light-heavyweight division, I’ve got the flair and the KO punch that my fans love and will attract new fans,”
“I’m an exciting fighter, I love going for the knockout and bringing excitement. I’m fast, I’ve got speed, great movement and power, it’s all there, but I know that I’ve got a lot to learn in the professionals and with Tundi’s guiding experience I can reach the top.”
Warren said, “I’m delighted to welcome Anthony to my organisation. I’ve had very good reports on him and from the fights I’ve seen of him he looks like a very powerful and hard-hitting raw talent and is welcome addition to the light-heavyweight division.”
Ajayi added, “Anthony is an exceptional talent and I believe that with Frank’s promotional expertise and my guidance he can achieve his goals in boxing. He’s got the talent there, that’s unquestioned, he’s dedicated to his training, he lives the life of a fighter and has the raw hunger and desire to become a champion.”