By Elliot Foster
Anthony Yarde says a world title fight is just around the corner after his latest win.
The WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight champion made a fifth successful defence of his crown on Saturday night.
Yarde took on and defeated America’s Travis Reeves inside five rounds at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London, exclusively live on BT Sport.
And as the Ilford man moved to 18-0 with all but one quick, he indicated that a shot at the world champion Sergey Kovalev could happen sooner rather than later.
“I’m learning on the job,” Yarde said after the win. “I’m making it look easy and I’m in the running for a world title fight.
“We got offered a world title fight recently and we turned it down because everything is about timing. Sergey Kovalev is a good fighter and I’ll be ready for him when my opportunity comes, but I’m not going to rush into it.”
Yarde’s promoter, Frank Warren, has stated that his man will fight for the world title soon, but has deflected the criticism he has received and said that his job is to guide his fighter in the right way.
“I thought he was excellent,” Warren added. “He had that disappointment in the States last time out, but he needed that win. He can take shots to land his and he eventually broke his opponent down.
“He’s number one with the WBO at the moment and I believe they will be announcing something soon about him maybe fighting Kovalev sooner rather than later.”
Reeves was coming off a 10-round decision win over puncher Lanell Bellows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas back in January, but Yarde was too big and too strong for Reeves, who was game but also rocked several times before the fight was waved off by referee Marcus McDonnell.
Also on the card, there were wins for Frank Warren’s latest signing Denzel Bentley and former Team GB amateur starlet Harvey Horn.