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Anthony Yarde wins European belt

KNOCKOUT: Anthony Yarde and Richard Baranyi

ANTHONY YARDE became the WBO European light-heavyweight champion as he knocked out Hungarian Richard Baranyi in less than two minutes.

Yarde has now won all 12 of his fights with only one of them going the distance. This victory has now secured his place in the top 15 rankings of the WBO and effectively put him in the mix for some more tasty fights than the challenge presented by Baranyi in east London.

“I got the job done. I want to leave it as that. I had a lot of trial and tribulations before this fight. I had a very bad toothache which become an abscess.

BODY

“I could not yawn or swallow. I did not want to take painkillers because I do not believe in putting such things in my body. A lot of people said to me at the pre-fight press conference said you don’t seem yourself. “That is why I had to show a lot of aggression in the fight,” said the victorious Yarde.

He added: “I am just going to go home and relax and then defend my title on the 16th of September.”

CONTROVERSIAL

On the undercard, in the welterweight division, Nigerian born Larry Ekundayo lost a split decision to Gary Corcoran in what looked like a controversial outcome.

This was Ekundayo’s first loss in 13 fights. The fight appeared close and could have gone ei- ther way. Ekundayo’s slow start might have been a contributory factor to his losing here.

He did not get into the fight until the fifth round and wob- bled Corcoran later on in round nine, which was arguably his best moment. Ekundayo did not complain about the decision though as he congratulated the winner.

Confirming his stock as a rising talent young heavyweight Daniel Dubois, 19, made quick work of Mauricio Barragan of Uruguay, knocking him out early in the second round to take his record to won four, lost none.

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