Undefeated Light-Heavy Anthony Yarde earned his eighth knockout from nine fights on Friday, stopping Ferenc Albert in the first round at the Brentwood Centre.
After the fight, the hard-hitting Ilford fighter and his trainer Tunde Ajayi spoke to iFL TV to discuss the contest and their aims for 2017.
“I actually wanted it to go to the second round, but when I hit him with the headshot and then the body shot he didn’t get up,” said Yarde.
The 25-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in Britain and accepts that he needs bigger tests in the future but does not want to take any unnecessary risks at this early stage.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and take my time. Sometimes I’ll say to myself ‘I want it go to this or that round’, but whether or not it goes the distance I’ve just got to do my job.
“2017 is going to be a big year for boxing, especially for BoxNation and Frank Warren. The BT Sport deal is massive. I’m looking forward to it!”
Echoing his fighter’s thoughts, Ajayi is wary of pushing Yarde too fast and wants the pair to take their time.
“It’s all about timing. I have no doubt Frank will take Anthony to where he needs to be. I think tonight was only his 21st fight, amateur and professional.
“There’s talk saying ‘he’s not a Light-Heavyweight’, but I think people want him to not be one. He is a Light-Heavyweight and I’m with him in the gym,” he added.
Watch the full interview below: