YARDE REVEALS ‘CITY OF ANGELS’ INSPIRATION

HE MAY ULTIMATELY have been denied his own piece of the action, but Anthony Yarde insists his voyage over to LA at the tail-end of last year still served as a massive inspiration to him.

The unbeaten 27-year-old light heavyweight was booked in for a slot on the Wilder-Fury undercard at the Staples Center before an enforced late change of opponent was blocked by the local commission for not meeting a deadline, despite paperwork and medicals all being completed.

It resulted in Yarde being sidelined on the big heavyweight night but, despite obvious frustration at the time, he reflects that it was far from a wasted journey.

Watching first-hand as the drama unfolded left a lasting impression on the 17-0 man, who is lodged at the top of the WBO world title waiting list.

“Most definitely,” said Yarde ahead of his return to action on February 23 at the Morningside Arena in Leicester against the American Travis Reeves. “Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder gave good accounts of themselves and the fight lived up to the hype and expectation.

“You saw Tyson on his back and how he got up from those shots in the 12th showed his will, his spirit and his mentality. All round it was a fantastic event.”

Yarde admits that being in attendance led to him visualising himself being the headline attraction of such a colossal occasion that was broadcast across the globe.

“All the time, even when I used to go to Floyd’s (Mayweather jr) fights I had it in my head, even when I watch big fights on TV. Sometimes I am not even looking at the fight, I am looking at the crowd behind, thinking this is the kind of atmosphere and occasion I want to be involved in or part of.

“These things will always be an inspiration and motivation.”

Meanwhile, Yarde went on to reveal that the continual social media scrutiny of his development as a contender and the opponents he has overcome to date does not deter him in any way from the mission mapped out for him.

“It has always been water off a duck’s back,” he pointed out. “I see as when you are doing well people always want to see you do better, when you are doing ok people want to give you a little push and when you are doing bad people always give you that big push.

“It goes in stages and when you are doing very well people will try and bring you down. That is just how it goes.

“Right now I feel I am in a position where the naysayers – people who weren’t really on your side from the beginning – completely turn against you and say you are fighting nobodies.

“I am fighting people with good records but, because they don’t know the name of the person, critics are not best pleased. You can’t really focus on them really.”

Yarde does acknowledge, however, that public demand for him to be plunged into the deeper waters of the division could be construed as a compliment and a sign that people recognise his potential.

“Most definitely, I’ve always taken it as a compliment and believe that if I wasn’t doing well, nobody would care. I would be on the same level as the people they say I am fighting.

“Because I have been doing well people feel like I am at world title level already and that for me is a big compliment.”

Anthony Yarde defending his WBO Intercontinental title against Travis Reeves co-headlines at the Morningside Arena in Leicester with British Super Featherweight Champion Sam Bowen’s return to action. Also on the bill, super lightweight Sam Maxwell bids for his first title against the Spaniard Kelvin Dotel with the WBO European belt at stake, while local fighters CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood are set to battle for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title. Nathan Gorman, Lyon Woodstock, Ryan Garner, Willie Hutchinson, Tommy Fury, Ryan Hatton and Mark Chamberlain also feature on the card.

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YARDE TO FACE NEW FOE IN LEICESTER 23RD FEBRUARY


BALTIMORE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT Travis Reeves will now be in the opposite corner to Anthony Yarde at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on February 23 after original opponent Mehdi Amar was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Reeves, 17-3-2, has suffered only one defeat in his last 17 fights in a challenge for the IBO world title against Karo Murat and last fought in January at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he recorded a unanimous points victory over Lanell Bellows.

With former European champion Amar not in a position to travel, Reeves will provide the next test on the journey to the top for Yarde, who will have his 18th professional fight in Leicester.

The 27-year-old has quickly switched his attention to the new challenge to be put in front of him.

“Injuries are unfortunately an unavoidable part of boxing and it is just the nature of the business,” reasoned the WBO Intercontinental champion.

“There is nothing anybody can do about it and I am just happy that a good replacement has been lined up for me.

“I have still got a job to do and I intend to put on a show in Leicester. Every fight and every win is important for me because everybody knows what is planned for me this year and I have got to move from strength to strength with no mistakes.

“Sergey Kovalev regained the WBO world title over the weekend with a strong performance but, as far as I am concerned, him holding the belt is just a temporary arrangement and it will be in my hands before too long.

“My time is coming but the next fight is always the most important and, for now, my focus is just on getting the job done in Leicester.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “It is always a shame when you lose a good opponent, but we have a more than capable replacement in Travis Reeves, who has been active and is on a good run of form.

“This fight is about Anthony making a case for a world title shot and showing us all that he is ready to take the next big step. The light heavyweight division is right up there with the strongest in world boxing and Anthony is in a great position to make his entry into the elite and I firmly believe he has got what it takes.”

Anthony Yarde’s defence of his WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title against Travis Reeves at the Morningside Arena shares top billing with British super featherweight champion Sam ‘Bullet’ Bowen. Local fighters CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood do battle for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title, with Nathan Gorman, Lyon Woodstock, Ryan Garner, Willy Hutchinson, Tommy Fury, Ryan Hatton and Mark Chamberlain also featuring on the card.

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YARDE: “I CAN FEEL IT GETTING CLOSER”


ANTHONY YARDE BELIEVES he is rapidly closing in on a shot at a light heavyweight world title.

The charismatic 27-year-old, who carries explosive speed and power, faces his latest and most challenging audition yet against former European champion Mehdi Amar at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on February 23, live on BT Sport.

An impressive victory over an opponent who has suffered only one early finish – in his fourth fight due to injury – and was only defeated on points by the formidable now world champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk last year, will likely lead the WBO towards mandating the 17-0 Yarde to challenge the winner of this weekend’s rematch between Eleider Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev.

Yarde, who has been happy to bide his time up to now, suspects himself that his moment of world title truth is looming closer.

“I have said to myself when the time comes I have got to be ready,” said the WBO Intercontinental champion. “Sometimes they say it is energy, that you can feel things and I can feel it getting closer so I am pushing myself to the limit, literally, in trying to become a better fighter.

“I am trying to digest information in the best way I can, I am trying to become a better technical fighter who is more explosive, more powerful, more relaxed. Every aspect I am trying to work on.

“I said it right from the start of my career, I am not really training for now, I am training for the future.”

Yarde, along with his trainer-manager Tunde Ajayi, undertook a scouting mission back in August for the original Kovalev-Alvarez encounter in Atlantic City and witnessed first-hand the toppling of the Russian known as Krusher.

He views targeting the winner of the sequel as a logical sequence of events.

“Most definitely,” added the strapping six footer. “These are the world champions and I’ve always said it doesn’t matter who the champion is, I have just got to be ready for when I get to that stage. I am very nearly at that stage now, I am ranked No.1 by the WBO and No.8 in the world by BoxRec,  so that is a very big position – top ten in the world after 17 fights.

“So it shows I am doing something right and I’ve just got to keep working hard.”

So will Yarde, who doesn’t study boxing religiously, be tuning into BoxNation to see if Kovalev can recapture former glory against Alvarez?

“I might watch Alvarez-Kovalev, but I won’t be watching it to see what they are doing because I try not to watch my opponents to see what they are doing well.

“If you consistently watch a possible opponent you start to worry about what they do well. I just need to worry about what I do. I’ve seen Kovalev fight a few times – before I was even a professional – so I know what he is about and I know he is slowing down, although he has still got the power, obviously.

“But until I am booked to fight these guys I don’t need to pay them any attention.”
 
Anthony Yarde’s defence of his WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title against Mehdi Amar at the Morningside Arena shares top billing with the British super featherweight champion Sam ‘Bullet’ Bowen. Local fighters CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood do battle for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title, with Nathan Gorman, Lyon Woodstock, Ryan Garner, Willy Hutchinson, Tommy Fury, Ryan Hatton and Mark Chamberlain also featuring on the card.

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LEICESTER 23RD FEBRUARY EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

PLEASE find below quotes from today’s press conference for Frank Warren’s big card at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Saturday February 23, live on BT Sport.
 
British super-featherweight champion Sam Bowen (14-0) heads the card against an opponent to be announced after Ronnie Clark pulled out.
 
Anthony Yarde (17-0) defends his WBO intercontinental light-heavyweight title against Mehdi Amar (35-6-2).
 
Super-featherweight Lyon Woodstock (11-1) and super-lightweight Sam Maxwell (10-0) are also in action, while there is a Leicester derby between CJ Challenger (9-0) and Kyle Haywood (8-0) with the Midlands Area super-welterweight title on the line.
 
FRANK WARREN
“Yet again Clark pulled out. It is ridiculous and I don’t know why he wanted the fight in the first place. We want Sam Bowen to defend his British title if anyone has the balls to step up, but he will be fighting. Sam is talented, does the job in style, dedicated and the chances will come.
If Lyon can get on track we could make him against Sam Bowen later this year.  If Anthony can stop Amar that will be a statement. This year is about making it happen. These are the sort of fights he wants. I could have made him a world title fight last year, but it is not about fighting for it  but winning and defending it. He is getting there. Sam Maxwell has been patient and this year is going to be his year. If he hasn’t got a meaningful title around his waist by the end of the year I’ll be very surprised. A fight against Ohara Davies shouldn’t be hard to make.”
 
SAM BOWEN
“It was disappointing when we found on Wednesday that Ronnie was out because our styles made a great fight, but potentially we have bigger and better opportunities. When I won the British title I was buzzing, and it allows me to have big, big fights. I am in the sport to provide for my family and getting big fights will let me do that. “
 
ANTHONY YARDE
“It is a line you hear, but whoever you put in front of me I have a job and that is to win the best way I can and that is a knockout. I am not world champion yet, and I try not to focus on the competition. I focus on where I am mentally and physically. I try not to get caught up in the hype because hype doesn’t last.”
 
LYON WOODSTOCK
“People assumed the loss to Archie Sharp would hit me. To me what I learnt and took away was massive. I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself and I wanted to know what was next. I am doing okay and in under two years made steps some haven’t. I will do what is needed to become a world champion. I won’t be defined by the Sharp loss. There is not one person who is in my sights and whoever it takes to bowl over to get there I will. I wont fixate on one person. I’m targeting no one but if he (Sam Bowen) is in the way so be it.”
 
SAM MAXWELL
“I have had ten fights and Frank had told me to be patient, but now I am being stepped up. I just want to challenge people like Ohara Davies. I have been ready to step up for a while.”
 
KYLE HAYWOOD
“What a fight this will be. It is a fight that has always been on the cards and it’s not who is the best in Leicester, but in the Midlands. We have boxed on same cards as amateur and supported each other, but we knew we have been on the same path. I’m so excited. This is everything. There is no animosity, but we both think we can win.”
 
CJ CHALLENGER
“It is a great fight, Two undefeated boxers putting it on the line and all the Leicester boxing community should be excited. Too many boxers are frightened by losing their 0. Kyle is a good operator, but on the night I will pull it out of the bag.”

Headlining the show at the Morningside Arena is British super featherweight champion Sam Bowen and is joined by light heavyweight Anthony Yarde as he takes on former European champion Mehdi Amar in the evening’s co-headline fight. 

Local fighters CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood do battle for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title. Nathan Gorman, Sam Maxwell, Lyon Woodstock, Willy Hutchinson, Ryan Garner, Tommy Fury, Ryan Hatton and Mark Chamberlain also feature on the card.

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YARDE TO FACE TOUGH FRENCH TEST IN LEICESTER ON FEBRUARY 23RD


ANTHONY YARDE WILL face his toughest assignment to date when he takes on former European champion Mehdi Amar at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on February 23, live on BT Sport.

The 35-6-2 Frenchman, who hails from Marseille, has previously won the EBU light heavyweight belt, defeating Serhiy Demchenko before surrendering the title on German soil on points to former world super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz.

Amar, who has been stopped only once in 2012, moved on to challenge for the WBC Interim world light heavyweight title against the formidable Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk – recent conqueror of Adonis Stevenson with a perfect 16-0 record – in March of 2018 at Madison Square Garden.

Amar was defeated over the 12 round distance but proved his credentials in operating at the highest level in an ultra-competitive weight division.

The 36-year-old, who made his debut in late 2007, is a vastly experienced campaigner with 267 rounds under his belt across his 43 professional fights.

Yarde, by comparison, has clocked up just 46 rounds in his 17 fights so far, winning the Southern Area, WBO European and WBO Intercontinental titles along the way, preparing for future fights that will rubber stamp his star quality.

The 27-year-old’s bludgeoning power and blistering speed has seen to it that only one – in his second fight as a pro – of his opponents has heard the final bell, resulting in him being ranked No.1 contender in the WBO rankings.

“I am aiming for big things this year and it starts here,” stated Yarde. “Amar possesses all the experience and know-how of operating at a high level, winning European titles and fighting some of the best in the division.

“He proved his durability and toughness by going the full 12 rounds with Gvozdyk and the only other two people to do that did it in six round fights.

“It is the perfect test for me at this stage of my own development and I am looking forward to making a big statement in Leicester.”

Yarde’s clash with Amar at the Morningside Arena shares top billing with the British super featherweight title showdown between the champion Sam ‘Bullet’ Bowen from Ibstock in Leicestershire and Ronnie ‘The Shark’ Clark from Dundee. Local fighters CJ Challenger and Kyle Haywood do battle for the vacant Midlands Area super welterweight title, with Nathan Gorman, Lyon Woodstock, Ryan Garner, Willie Hutchinson, Tommy Fury, Ryan Hatton and Mark Chamberlain also featuring on the card.

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YARDE LANDS SPOT ON WILDER-FURY DECEMBER 1ST BLOCKBUSTER


ANTHONY YARDE HAS landed himself a spot on the biggest night of boxing in 2018, with the self-styled ‘Beast from the East’ set to fight on the huge Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury card at the Staples Center on December 1.

The 17-0 (16KOs) WBO Intercontinental and European champion will have his 18th professional contest in Los Angeles on the undercard of the huge heavyweight collision between the WBC world champion and the unbeaten lineal champion of the division.

It will represent a second stint of Stateside experience for the explosive Yarde, following on from his 2016 venture to the AT&T Stadium in Texas where he bludgeoned Rayford Johnson in the first round on the night of Liam Smith’s defence of his WBO world super welterweight title against Saul Alvarez.

“I’ve experienced the fight scene in the USA before and it is something I cannot wait to sample it again,” commented Yarde. “To be a part of such a huge occasion really will be something else and it will only inspire me to create nights like this for myself in the future.

“These are the events you can only dream of being a part of and I would like to thank Frank (Warren) and my manager Tunde Ajayi for making it possible. I am looking forward to showcasing my talents to the American public and this sort of exposure can only help me for when the time is right for me to be challenging for and winning world titles.”

Tunde Ajayi added: “Myself and Anthony have worked tremendously hard and it is a privilege and honour to be involved in the biggest card in boxing, period.

“I just feel that it is a position we have both worked hard for and it just shows you that if you put one in you get one back and if you put two in you get two back. We’ve put a lot into the sport since before Anthony came into professional boxing and from that point to where we are now has been constant work.

“I just feel that his hard work warrants being involved on such a great card.”

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BRENTWOOD RUNNING ORDER AND WEIGHTS


 

The following are the weights and the running order for the Brentwood Centre on Saturday night. The show is live on BT Sport 3 from 7:30pm, then crosses over to BT Sport 1 at 8.45pm. Remaining tickets are available to purchase on the door.
 
(Subject to change. Timings approximate)
 

Fight #1- 17:00hrs
 
6×3 Minute Rounds International Middleweight Contest
Caoimhin Agyarko 11st 10lbs vs Ladislav Nemeth 11st 6 1/2lbs
 
Fight #2- 17:25hrs
 
8×3 Minute Rounds International Featherweight Contest
Lucien Reid 8st 13lbs vs Rafael Castillo 9st
 
Fight #3- 18:05hrs
 
6×3 Minute Rounds International Lightweight Contest
Boy Jones Jr 9st 8lbs vs Lesther Cantillano 9st 9lbs
 
Fight #4- 18:35hrs
 
8×3 Minute Rounds International Welterweight Contest
Bradley Skeete 10st 8 1/2lbs vs Fernando Valencia 10st 6lbs
 
Fight #5- 19:15hrs
 
6×3 Minute Rounds Super-Welterweight Contest
Hamzah Sheeraz vs Zygimantas Butkevicius (weigh in on the day)
 

BT SPORT 3 HD BROADCAST COMMENCES @19:30HRS
 

Fight #6- 19:35hrs
 

8X3 Minute Rounds Heavyweight Contest
Nathan Gorman 18st 3lbs vs Kamil Sokolowski 16st 8 1/2lbs
 
Fight #7- 20:15hrs
 
8×3 Minute Rounds Super-Middleweight Contest
Umar Sadiq 11st 13lbs vs Zak Chelli 16st 8lbs
 

BT SPORT 1 HD BROADCAST COMMENCES @20:45HRS
 

Fight #8- 20:50hrs
 

THE VACANT BRITISH WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
12×3 Minute Rounds @147lbs
 
Johnny Garton 10st 6lbs vs Gary Corcoran 10st 6lbs
 
Fight #9- 21:50hrs
 
10×3 Minute Rounds Middleweight Contest
Joe Mullender 11st 6lbs vs Ben Capps
 
Fight #10- 22-40hrs
 
THE WBO INTERCONTINENTAL LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
10×3 Minute Rounds @175lbs
 
Anthony Yarde 12st 5 1/2lbs vs Walter Gabriel Sequeira 12st 6 1/4lbs
 
Fight #11- Floater
 
4×3 Minute Rounds Cruiserweight Contest
James Branch Jnr vs Kent Kauppienan (weigh in on the day)

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CAOIMHIN READY FOR BIG BRENTWOOD BREAK


 
Debut making middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko firmly believes he has made the right decision in removing himself from the home comforts of Belfast and swapping it for the leafy environs of Bromley in order to properly kickstart his professional career, which gets underway at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday.
 
The 21-year-old – who was born in Croydon and is currently residing with family in South Norwood – learned his craft at the Holy Trinity Boxing Club in his home city, but is now being tutored in the professional arts by respected trainer Alan Smith at the thriving iBox Gym in the former Kentish town.
 
“My plan was always to move away from Belfast once I turned professional, or was seeking to turn pro,” explained Caoimhin, which is pronounced Kee-van . “I think over here there is more sparring, coaching and stuff, so I wanted to get away and get a better opportunity than I would just staying in Belfast.
 
“I will still be living in Belfast though because I will just be based in Bromley for camps,” he added, before agreeing that working away from home at such a tender age will only increase his mental resolve.
 
“That is it because nothing in life comes easy and, if you want to do great things, you have to take yourself out of your comfort zone. I always knew from a young age that I would want to get away to make sure there would be no distractions, not that there would be.
 
“I think taking myself away to London for camps for six to eight weeks at a time will test me mentally and I will be able to focus better and put in the work more than I would back home.
 
“I do have family here – cousins and my dad – so it is not as hard as people imagine for me.”
 
It was a guest appearance for the World Series Boxing team, Italia Thunder, that propelled Caoimhin towards taking the professional plunge. Even though the Italians lost the tie 3-2, a fourth round stoppage of Hong Sik Kee Clement set tongues wagging and the Belfast boy ended his amateur tenure in style.
 
“I had roughly 130-140 amateur fights including all my internationals. To me, my amateur time was not unbelievable, but I had a good amateur career. I won six national titles, including a senior title, which is like winning the ABAs. I won the Ulster Seniors when I was 17 and I have boxed for Ireland 30-40 times, going to the worlds and Europeans.
 
“My last amateur bout was for the Italia Thunder in the WSB, where I had an unbelievable fight and put on a good performance. I think that fight got me the recognition that I needed.
 
“I’ve been kept busy for being only 21 and I had a great amateur experience, fighting all over the world and testing myself at elite level.”
 
Caoimhin suggested that he will bring a bit of everything to the professional ranks and insists that he is much more than just a big punch.
 
“A lot of people think because I am small and stocky and look big, that I am just a big puncher. It is not the case, I’ve a great boxing brain, I think, and I am good with my footwork and being able to adapt in fights.
 
“It just depends, everyone has their own style and I would say I am an aggressive counter puncher. I go forward and back and it just depends who my opponent is on the night.
 
“I have fast hands and I have power. I have a bit of everything and that is why coming to Al was such an easy decision for me because he is such a good coach and I wanted someone who can improve me.
 
“I know how good I am or how good I can be, but obviously you can always improve and that is what I am looking to do.”
 
Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature along with IBF European Middleweight Champion Joe Mullender on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
Remaining tickets are available at the Brentwood Centre box office or via calling the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992845710.

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BOXING AT BRENTWOOD: FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES


 
ANTHONY YARDE headlines the bill at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday when he defends his WBO Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight title against Argentina’s Walter Gabriel Sequeira.
 
Wembley traveller Gary Corcoran and Peckham’s Johnny Garton contest the vacant British welterweight title on another top Frank Warren card, live on BT Sport.
 
Two of Britain’s top super-middleweight prospects Umar Sadiq and Zak Chelli meet over eight rounds. Chelli won a toss of the coin to be in the home corner.
 
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman is also in action.
 
Here are a selection of quotes from yesterday’s press conference.
 

FRANK WARREN
 
“This is part of Anthony’s education moving forward. I am told by his management that Walter fancies the job.
 
Regarding Frank Buglioni, we offered over £100,000 and he did not want to know. This is about Anthony moving up the rankings.
 
Johnny Garton and Gary Corcoran are two tremendous competitors and it will be something special. What you see is what you get and it will be a good fight.
 
Zak and Umar is a pick ‘em and both called for it. Whoever wins will go on quickly and it will not be the end for the loser.
 
It is tough matching Nathan up. He is one of the most underestimated boxers in Britain and one of the most improved.
 
The job Ricky Hatton has done is amazing.
 
If he keeps moving forward, we will see some fight between him and Daniel Dubois next year.
 

ANTHONY YARDE
 
I could fight for a world title and win it, but it is about getting to that stage and staying there. I had 12 amateur fights and just 16 professional fights so I am inexperienced.
 
I want ten years in boxing and I have been professional for three years, so with seven years left there is no rush.
 
My talent has to be improved in all areas. Boxing is not a sport where you can be at a low level at all.
 
I’m confident and when you have power like me, it relaxes your nerves.
 
People complain about my opponents, but Walter is ranked above every other British rival apart from Callum Johnson.
 
The Joshua Buatsi fight can build. If he is as confident as I am, it is a big event down the line.
 

WALTER GABRIEL SEQUEIRA
 
Anthony is a very good boxer, but I am well prepared and cancelled a fight in September to take this.
 
Anthony has few weaknesses, but I have got a surprise in store on Saturday.
 
I always face bigger men and this will not be a problem. I have experienced this.
 

GARY CORCORAN
 
I have boxed at a way higher level and I am confident of winning. I have better experience and beaten better boys, but I have to show it on the night.
 
I can either outbox him or have a fight. It is up to me what happens on the night. Either way I beat him.
 

JOHNNY GARTON
 
It has been a long road to become mandatory and earn my shot. I have been on small halls fighting 50-50 fights and when I have had to step up, I have won.
 
I didn’t think I’d make it as a pro and thought I might get to Southern Area level.
 
Gary is a great fighter. He is very tough and I like him, but that goes out of the window.
 
We are going to meet head on. To win the British title it would mean the world to me.
 

ZAK CHELLI
 
“Umar is basic and simple and like an amateur. His prime was 26 and he is now 30. He just acts like a kid.
 

UMAR SADIQ
 
I learned a lot as an amateur and boxed in Olympic Qualifiers, what did he do as an amateur?
 
I respect every man who will get in the ring. I see videos of him knocking grown men over, but I fail to see what he can do to me.
 
I am going to outbox him – simple as that.
 

NATHAN GORMAN
 
Each round I keep on learning, but winning is the main thing.
 
I have been sparring Hughie Fury and that is the next best thing to fighting.
 
Daniel Dubois did what he had to do against Kevin Johnson and got the ten rounds, but there was no offence from Johnson.
 
Daniel is good at the basics. I am good at the opposite and I am wrong for him. I beat him easily.
 

Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature along with IBF European Middleweight Champion Joe Mullender on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
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DUBOIS: I’LL BE WATCHING GORMAN


 
DANIEL DUBOIS insists the time is getting closer for a showdown with arch domestic rival, Nathan Gorman.
 
A mouthwatering clash between two of the best heavyweight prospects in the world is one to look forward to.
 
Gorman’s trainer Ricky Hatton revealed earlier this week that his man is desperate to face his former sparring partner and GB amateur team-mate.
 
Dubois who has won all nine professional fights, eight by KO, is also keen adding: “Me and Gorman is a good a fight and I want to have that fight when the time is right.
 
“A few fights down the line we can have that fight, definitely. It sounds a great fight.
 
“I haven’t been keeping up with what he is saying about us fighting, but it seems the case is that he is talking it up.”
 
Hatton hoped that Dubois would be ringside at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday (October 20) to see unbeaten Gorman bid for his 14th consecutive professional win.
 
Instead Dubois will be tuned into BT Sport watching his biggest rival, right now.
 
The Londoner who is back in the gym on Monday following his win over Kevin Johnson earlier this month said: “I am having some time off just chilling at home.
 
“I will watch Gorman’s fight at home on Saturday night.”
 
Dubois was taken the distance for the first time in his career by former world title challenger Johnson in a great learning fight in Leicester against the American survivor.
 
“I was prepared for ten rounds and that is in the bank. It is another box ticked,” said 21-year-old Dubois
 
“I have done it. It is gruelling doing ten rounds and now we move on.
 
“I have just got to improve. There are things to work on when I go back in the gym and I also have to work on strategy.
 
“The biggest thing I learnt from the Johnson was that I have to stay focused for the whole round and be prepared for anything. He gave me a good workout.
 
“I could have been more focused and on it, but I never really switched off.”
 
Anthony Yarde will be headlining the Brentwood Centre on October 20th when he faces Argentinian Walter Gabriel Sequeira. World title challenger Gary Corcoran and Johnny Garton will contest the vacant British welterweight title. Zak Chelli and Umar Sadiq will both be putting their young, undefeated records on the line in a super-middleweight contest. Heavyweight Nathan Gorman will also feature along with IBF European Middleweight Champion Joe Mullender on the show televised live on BT Sport.
 
Remaining tickets are available at the Brentwood Centre box office or via calling the Queensberry Promotions Box Office on 01992845710.

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