By Thomas Lyons of The Fight Business
Rising star Anthony Yarde moved to 16-0 with a mature performance on the weekend, passing his first test against a southpaw opponent, stopping Dariusz Sek in the seventh round to remain unbeaten in the professional ranks.
The unbeaten prospect who resides in Stratford seized the opportunity of facing Sek in his hometown and prior to this fight being made, had been offered a world title shot with Sergey Kovalev that his team turned down.
Yarde successfully defended both his WBO Intercontinental and European titles, landing a sharp left hook in the opening round before multiple, sickening body shots throughout the course of the fight.
The stoppage came in the seventh when the referee decided he’d seen enough punishment dished out from Yarde whose onslaught had put the Pole in survival mode. Sek had never been stopped before clashing with Yarde and was a credit to his durability but more so Yarde’s concussive power, mixing it to head and body.
With his motto ‘everything’s timing’ echoed in camp and a unique energy within the stable, Yarde has made calculated steps in his journey to the top so far and continues to make noise in what is a stacked 175lb division, especially domestically.
Yarde’s name has continuously been linked to the likes of Joshua Buatsi, Frank Buglioni, Callum Johnson and Hosea Burton, all of whom have lit up the British scene. Buatsi is another star in the making with considerable amateur pedigree behind him, boxing at the Olympics and a step ahead of Yarde in that regard, facing his first stern test against Ricky Summers on July 28.
However, the 26-year-old accompanied by his trainer Tunde Ajayi have carried out their apprenticeship in the paid ranks and gained vital experience for when the time is right to challenge for major titles.
Highly ranked with the WBO, a world title looms, but stylistically there is still ground to be covered before Yarde moves onto world honours and having the necessary knowledge and ring generalship to compete at the highest level.