Anthony Yarde Heavily Impacted by the Work Ethic of Mayweather and Spence
On January 28, WBO mandatory light heavyweight challenger Anthony Yarde will mount his second attempt at a world championship. Wembley Arena will be rocking as fans pack the stadium to witness his long-awaited battle with unified champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs). Yarde expects this title opportunity to playout differently from his last, and he credits part of his mental readiness to witnessing the work ethic of Hall of Fame Inductee Floyd Mayweather and unified champion Errol Spence Jr in training.
In 2019, Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) traveled to the backyard of then-WBO champion Sergey Kovalev. He was up on the scorecards before getting stopped in the eleventh round. In 2021, he followed that up by avenging a loss to Lyndon Arthur in a rematch from 2020. The UK fans instantly claimed that Yarde was back in beast mode.
The 31 year-old Yarde and trainer Tunde Ajayi are known for their unique training regimen. Yarde has proven to be one of the hardest workers in the gym. On any of their training videos, fans have grown accustomed to hearing their famous phrase: “Lions In the Camp.”
LEARNING FROM MAYWEATHER AND SPENCE
During an interview with BT Sport Boxing, Yarde attributed his hardcore work ethic to watching guys like Mayweather and Spence Jr.
“We got to see the experience firsthand. Everyone else was kicked out of the gym . . . we were lucky enough to stay and that’s because of the connections Tunde made. And again, that experience, we just see Floyd train, Errol Spence, these guys are working!
“When I came back to England, the work ethic was different . . . I’ve seen how these men work. So, I was in the gym, and no one was outworking me.”
By: Bo Bland