After ruining Richard Baranyi in the first round of their WBO European Light-Heavyweight Title fight on July 8th, Anthony Yarde has entered the governing body’s top 10 rankings at number eight.
Baranyi came into the bout with an 18-1 record, but Yarde recorded an early knockdown before stopping the Hungarian with just over 30 seconds left in the round.
After just 12 amateur fights, ‘The Beast’ has not put a foot wrong since turning professional and is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Britain.
The Light-Heavyweight division is stacked with talent though, and Yarde is the first to admit he needs to take his time as he progresses up the rankings. Unified Champion Andre Ward is top dog at 175 pounds, while Adonis Stevenson holds the WBC crown.
Yarde faces more experienced competition ahead of him in the WBO top 10, including Cuban technician Sullivan Barrera at number five. Hard-hitting Eastern Europeans Artur Beterbiev and Oleksander Gvozdyk occupy the second and third spots, respectively, while Sergey Kovalev is at number one.
On September 16th, Anthony Yarde aims to continue his frightening knockout streak at the Copper Box Arena, alongside Billy Joe Saunders and Daniel Dubois. Tickets are out now.