Anthony Yarde is a star on the rise. After just twelve fights, the boxer from Hackney is ranked number eight in the WBO rankings after a sensational performance against Richard Baranyi in his previous outing.
The bout lasted little over two minutes in the first round as Yarde ripped the Hungarian to shreds.
Yarde is now scheduled to go toe-to-toe with Canadian Ryan Ford on September 16 at the Copper Box Arena.
His opponent is a former MMA fighter, although Yarde admitted he doesn’t know too much about the 35-year-old.
“I don’t know, I don’t look too much into my opponent, I know he’s 12-0 like myself but I need to focus on what I’m doing and to improve and get better,” Yarde exclusively told World Boxing News.
The WBO European champion has progressed through the ranks quickly and is impressing the British public as he continues his quest for world title glory.
However, becoming a world champion isn’t the main objective that keeps Yarde motivated. That reason is much closer to home.
“Sometimes I think it is crazy when you think of how many people are boxing in my division so it is crazy that I’m in number eight in the rankings already but when I got into the sport I knew I wanted to make it happen.
“What keeps me motivated is going back to living an ordinary lifestyle. What I mean by that is going back to being unhappy at work. I’ve had jobs before and didn’t wanna be there, so that keeps me motivate because I’ve been there before.
“Not only that, for my family, to give them and my Mum a better life, but the biggest reward is to win a world title and make a legacy,” he said.
‘The Beast’ has hall-of-fame promoter Frank Warren at the helm and the 26-year-old is very much excited about the work in operation.
“There’s one thing having a promoter and there’s another to having a promoter who backs you.
“It’s important and is such a privilege to work with Frank Warren and my trainer and manager. I’m doing what’s asked of me and they’re doing what’s asked of them and we’re working as a team,” said Yarde.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95