Anthony Yarde is hoping for a “happier year” in 2022 and also hopes to unite the world’s lightweight titles, Elliott Russell wrote.
Little by little, things are getting better for Anthony Yarde, even if it wasn’t all that long ago, he thought it couldn’t get any worse.
So far a well-documented story, the London heavyweight tragically lost four relatives in 2020 due to Covid-19, then lost a fight against Lyndon Arthur that he felt he should have won, and finally lost all sense of momentum, ambition and purpose. He could, at the time, say “Why me?” And they gave up all sense of hope, too. But Yared, to his estimation, did not do such a thing.
As a result, his 2021 film has shown signs of improvement. This was the year he got back to Alex Theran’s first-round knockout winning ways and then, better yet, corrected the foul against Lyndon Arthur in December, stopping his opponent in four rounds so this time leaves no doubt.
Now, in 2022, Yared has every reason to believe his fortunes have changed. Furthermore, given his recent experiences in and out of the ring, he can now look at the future from a much more philosophical perspective and with much more maturity than ever before. A blessing of some kind.
“I just hope it will be a happier year, a happier year than 2021, and I want the world to be a better place,” said Yardi, 30. boxing news. “I know it sounds crazy, but with all these closures and threats of closures and no holidays, it’s frustrating. Sometimes, as a boxer, that’s all you want to do after a fight. You want to go away, take your family away, relax, and feel That you’re normal. That’s the main thing I want this year, some peace of mind, some good mental health.
“Secondly, for my career, I just want to keep moving forward, whichever way. I hope that means fighting for a world title this year — or the win I have to say it’s a world title – and I’ll probably have a unification match at the end of 2022. It’s also possible for me this year. Why not? But as long as there is progress in my career, I will be thrillingly happy.”
Until just a few days ago, Yarde had the intention of sitting down to watch Joe Smith Jr. and Callum Johnson battle it out for the WBO heavyweight title — a belt on Yarde’s radar — this weekend. However, that fight was called off due to Johnson testing positive for Covid-19, with Smith now battling unknown Steve Jeffrard on January 15 instead.
If that’s annoying for Johnson, it’s almost as annoying for his compatriot Liard, who wanted Johnson to bring the WBO Light Heavyweight title back to the UK in order to set up an all-British showdown between the pair later this year. “The better we do on the world stage, the better,” Yared said. “But when I’m in good shape, I feel like any light weight in this country is going to destroy them. That’s just how I feel.”
Looking beyond the domestic scene for a moment, Yarde, 22-1 (20), says he’s not at all afraid of the men who currently rule the 175-pound division. Having ventured to Russia to challenge former WBO champ Sergei Kovalev in 2019, he already had a taste of the high-stakes fights against elite opponents and believes that if he gets the chance again, the outcome will be different again.
“Although there are dangerous men like (Artur) Petribev and (Dmitriy) Bevol, no one knows these men,” Yared said. “I see them as potential opponents, but also, knowing it seems reckless, I look at myself as the biggest draw. It’s all about looks. That’s just how I see things. I respect these guys, but I don’t fear them. I don’t watch them, because then you start to focus. Too much on what they do well and focus too little on what You are Done well. All I can do is keep working hard in the gym and make sure I’m ready for these opportunities when they finally come.”
They say that defeat in the boxing ring can either reduce a man’s size or strengthen them depending on a man’s propensity and willingness to grow. However, here, in the case of Anthony Yarde, one suspects that the loss – the complete loss – had a much greater effect on his mentality and fortitude than anything he had experienced, or in fact. Going To experience, in any boxing arena, a place where he has never felt in control.