Anthony Yarde believes he is the biggest British name at light heavyweight

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The light heavyweight scene in the UK is crowded right now and two of those involved in a stacked 175lb division go head-to-head tonight at the Copper Box Arena in East London.

Former world title challenger Anthony Yarde will be looking to avenge last year's defeat to Lyndon Arthur and put himself back in contention for major honours in 2022. 

Speaking to Boxing Scene, Yarde claimed to be the biggest name amongst the British light heavyweights.

"I am easily the biggest name and the biggest draw among any of them – that is not me being cocky, that is just numbers," Yarde said. 

"Globally as well, I am known around the world. That speaks for itself. I’ve done some of that myself by being an exciting fighter.

"Your name doesn’t get out there for no reason. So, respect to Frank Warren and Tunde Ajayi, we are a team. 

“I know Craig very well and Joshua Buatsi and they have done well for themselves, but right now that is none of my focus. It is just this fight. 

“We are about to skyrocket from this Saturday onwards."

It may be great to see Yarde full of confidence ahead of tonight's fight, but all this will be for nothing if he can't get past Arthur.

"It has been a year since then, I have been training and put my mindset back to what it was in the amateurs.

“In my second amateur fight they gave the other guy the decision, but the arena started booing. From that day my mindset was I was going to knock everybody out.

"In my head I don’t care about it being a world-title eliminator, because I know that subconsciously that played a part in the first fight.

"I was thinking about the world title, when I should have just been thinking about the fight."


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