‘I’d fight anybody. People are turning me down and I know that for a fact’: Anthony Yarde inches closer to world light heavyweight title with seventh-round stoppage of Dariusz Sek

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Anthony Yarde inched closer to a world light heavyweight title with the 15th KO of his 16 unbeaten fights.

The seventh-round stoppage of gallant French challenger Dariusz Sek kept Yarde firmly at No 2 in the WBO rankings and the European and Intercontinental champion put Sek down in the first with a trademark left hook.

Sek kept going to give The Beast from the East of London some of the extra rounds he needs but it was all over not long after.

Anthony Yarde (L) inched closer to a world light heavyweight title by beating Dariusz Sek (R)

Yarde celebrates with the WBO Intercontinental and European Light-Heavyweight titles

Promoter Frank Warren is right to keep Yarde developing until next year before thinking of matching him against WBO champion Sergey Krusher Kovalev.

After the fight, David Haye said: ‘I couldn’t have been more impressed (with Yarde).

‘He has knockout power in both hands… every department he impressed me in.

‘He looks the full package – he fights as good as he looks!’

When asked who he will fight next, Yarde said: ‘I’d fight anybody. People are turning me down and I know that for a fact’.

The Hackney-born fighter stopped his French opponent in the seventh round at the O2 Arena

Sek kept going to give The Beast from the East of London some of the extra rounds he needed

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