Anthony Yarde successfully retained his WBO Inter-Continental and European Titles on Saturday night, as Tony Averlant proved to be durable.

The unbeaten Light-Heavyweight controlled the pace early on at York Hall, before he sent the Frenchman to the canvas in round six with an excellent left hook to the body off the ropes.

Averlant's output dropped as Yarde landed some solid combinations, and Averlant's corner pulled their man out at the end of round seven.

"It's another style, isn't it? You've got to learn with different styles," the Londoner told iFL after the win. "I hurt him to the body. I hurt him early as well. I saw I hurt him but I wanted to take my time.

"Sometimes you get more experience over time with different opponents and different styles. He was awkward, he was leaning back a lot. He was waiting for the counter all the time. He didn't want to engage. The odd time that he did throw random shots, I was blocking, dipping, slipping," recalled the 26-year-old, who has now stopped 14 of his 15 opponents.

"You want to try and gain experience, but I wasn't going lightly on him," continued Yarde. "I could've landed some bombs and went in there to try and finish him, but sometimes you don't learn like that so it's about taking your time."

His trainer, Tunde Ajayi, was impressed with the performance: "He systematically broke this guy down. The guy was a runner - that's what I wanted. I didn't want someone who comes forward, I wanted someone who runs around the place so it allows Anthony to think," he revealed.

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