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Boxing: Yarde ends year in style

PUBLISHED: 12:16 14 December 2017

Anthony Yarde celebrates (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Anthony Yarde celebrates (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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Hackney-born Anthony Yarde retained his WBO Intercontinental and European light-heavyweight titles in style at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

Nikola Sjekloca tried to trade punches with Yarde on the Frank Warren promotion, but came off second best.

The Montenegrin did well to beat the count in round two, after a hard right hook, but was back on the canvas in round four, after Yarde threw a left hook, followed by a right to the body.

Sjekloca beat the count again, but was backed up onto the ropes and took too many head punches for referee Steve Gray, who stopped the contest after one minute and eight seconds.

It was a first stoppage loss for Sjekloca in 37 bouts, while Yarde has now stopped 13 of his 14 victims.

n Hackney’s Amo Singh lost a split decision at the National Association of Boys & Girls Club Championship final in Manchester.

Singh, boxing for Repton, had a hard-fought contest with Tom Hill ABC’s Connor Kelsall at the Victoria Warehouse, but saw his hopes of a second national title shattered.

Viddal Riley was crowned champion, though, after his scheduled opponent pulled out of their final in Gateshead on Monday.

n Homerton featherweight Lucien Reid faces a selected opponent on the Queensberry Promotion at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday.

Reid is unbeaten in seven professional fights, having won an elite bantamweight title in 2013, when he became the first boxer from the borough to win a national crown since Ian Napa’s senior success in 1998.

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