Trainer Teases Anthony Yarde's Move to Cruiserweight, Calls Out World Champion
The trainer of British light heavyweight Anthony Yarde, Tunde Ajayi, has hinted at a potential shift in weight class for the boxer’s next chapter in his career. Yarde, who has been competing in the light heavyweight division since his professional debut in May 2015, has twice fought for a world title at 175lbs.
Although Yarde faced setbacks in his world title bids against Sergey Kovalev in 2019 and Artur Beterbiev last year, he made a comeback with a knockout victory over Jorge Silva in September. While there are still notable matchups available in the light heavyweight division, Ajayi suggests that a move to cruiserweight could be in the cards for Yarde.
Ajayi mentioned, “There are some great fights, some great possibilities for Anthony primarily as the fighter and myself as the manager and trainer to explore. We were even talking about big fights up at cruiserweight.”
Notably, Ajayi issued a call-out to the WBO world cruiserweight champion, expressing Yarde’s readiness to face Chris Billam-Smith. “I would even go so far if you put the right proposal to Anthony now, he’ll fight Chris Billam-Smith tomorrow. 100 million percent.”
If Yarde and his team decide against an immediate move to cruiserweight, they may look towards a potential matchup with the winner of Joshua Buatsi vs. Dan Azeez, scheduled for an all-British clash on February 3.
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