Anthony Yarde, Tunde Ajayi, Stephen Addison

Background

A series of short YouTube videos, offers us an insight into Anthony Yarde, “The Beast From The East“.

How watching Mike Tyson was is first situation with boxing.

How boxing saved him from “being a kid on the road“.

How he linked up with Tunde Ajayi in his early twenties.

How he partners with Stephen Addison to reach those same young people who will come to the same road strangulation where he found himself.

Teaming up with Adidas on the “No more Red” Campaign.

Yes, Lebron James, it is more than a ball.

Or in Anthony Yarde’s case, it is more than boxing gloves.

 

Stories

BBC

Coral Barry

Anthony Yarde: Coach Tunde Ajayi praised for pulling hurt Briton out of Artur Beterbiev bout

Link

Anthony Yarde: Coach Tunde Ajayi praised for pulling hurt Briton out of Artur Beterbiev bout
By Coral Barry
BBC Sport in London

A wounded Anthony Yarde looks to his corner after getting back to his feet.

He has just been knocked down by a vicious right hand from Artur Beterbiev in the eighth round of a relentless battle and is visibly dazed.

The referee Steve Gray gives Yarde the chance to prove he is OK and is satisfied enough to let the fight continue.

But less than a second after the action resumes, Yarde’s coach Tunde Ajayi instructs the referee to end the contest.

It is a rare sight in boxing, especially at championship level, for a corner to pull their fighter out.

Perhaps 31-year-old Yarde could have survived, but there was still a minute left in the round. That is a long time to deflect the onslaught that would inevitably come from unified light-heavyweight champion Beterbiev.

Beterbiev had 18 knockouts in his 18 previous fights. He is a ruthless finisher. And one bad knockout can change the trajectory of a fighters life, never mind their career.

Boxers Tony Bellew, Carl Frampton and Claressa Shields all took to social media after the fight to praise Ajayi’s decision.

“A very, very, very good stoppage by Tunde Ajayi,” former world champion Bellew said.

“I don’t care what anyone says, [Yarde] was one shot away there from being in a bad, bad way.

“He knows his fighter better than anyone.”

Ajayi has coached Yarde for his entire professional career. They met when he decided to take boxing seriously around the age of 19.

Yarde remembers how Ajayi forced him to earn his respect. He had to arrive at the gym at 5am each day. He insisted he didn’t train amateurs, but Yarde went on a knockout run in the unpaid ranks to change Ajayi’s mind.

BBC Sport visited Yarde and Ajayi in camp before the Beterbiev fight. The training session was a constant negotiation between the pair, almost like bickering.

But it was clear these two men have risen through the ranks in boxing together. They are familiar with each other and have developed a remarkable bond.

Ajayi has faced criticism for his corner work in the past. His instructions to Yarde during his stoppage defeat by Sergey Kovalev in 2019 were questioned as they were predominately motivational rather than tactical.

After Yarde picked up the second defeat of his career against Lyndon Arthur, many called for the east Londoner to find a new coach.

But Yarde refused to dump his trainer. Super-welterweight boxer Hannah Rankin believes that decision was justified and it ultimately comes down to trust between a fighter and their coach.

“At the end of the day, as a fighter, if you feel as though you and your corner team are progressing together and you’ve not outgrown them, then there is no reason to leave,” she said.

“They understand you and your body, not just you as a fighter, so I don’t see why you would change trainer.

“Everyone can criticise all they like but those are the people you get in the ring with you on fight night, and only Yarde knows if he wants to continue to trust those people.”

It’s a decision that might leave him unpopular with his fighter for a while, but after such an impressive showing against potentially the best light-heavyweight in the world, it is a call that allows Yarde to try again.

“Tunde gets a lot of stick and sometimes brings it on himself,” BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Barry Jones said.

“But if Anthony was my son, I would have been so thankful that Tunde was there to do what he did.

“The end of the fight had already started and he saved his fighter for another day.”

Videos

Sports – Boxing

Athletes – Boxers

Anthony Yarde

  1. STILL LIONS IN THE CAMP šŸ¦ Inspirational Anthony Yarde Post-Fight Interview | #BeterbievYarde
    • Profile
      • An inspirational and raw interview with Anthony Yarde after his EPIC war with Artur Beterbiev in London. What a warrior! #BeterbievYarde #ArturBeterbiev #AnthonyYarde
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- BT Sport Boxing
        Date Published:- 2023-January-28th
        Date Added:- 2023-January-28th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Stephen Addison
    • Spoken On
      • Sergey Kovalev ( Sergey Alexandrovich Kovalev )

 

Athletes – Coach

Tunde Ajayi

  1. “Beterbiev was OK.” | Tunde Ajayi breaks down why Anthony Yarde BEATS Beterbiev, Kovalev lessons
    • Profile
      • Anthony Yarde’s trainer and manager Tunde Ajayi speaks to Dev Sahni in New York after watching Artur Beterbiev TKO Joe Smith Jr.
        #AnthonyYarde #Beterbiev
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions
        Date Published:- 2022-June-19th
        Date Added:- 2023-January-30th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Dev Sahni
    • Spoken On
      • Artur Beterbiev
      • Sergey Kovalev
      • Frank Warren
        • Boxing Promoter
      • Dmitry Bivol
      • Marc Ramsay
        • Beterbiev’s trainer
  2. ‘I GOT THE ABUSE & THE BLAME’ – TUNDE AJAYI BRUTALLY HONEST ON ANTHONY YARDE & OWN PAST CRITICISM
    • Profile
      • ‘I GOT THE ABUSE & THE BLAME’ – TUNDE AJAYI BRUTALLY HONEST ON ANTHONY YARDE & OWN PAST CRITICISMBY KUGAN CASSIUS
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- iFL TV
        Date Published:- 2023-January-26th
        Date Added:- 2023-January-29th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Kugan Cassius
    • Spoken On
      • James Cook

Stephen Addison

  1. ‘I’VE BURIED 7 KIDS’: How Stephen Addison & Box Up Crime are ‘REBUILDING MISGUIDED DREAMS
    • Profile
      • We meet Stephen Addison BEM, founder of Box Up Crime, as the latest facility opens in Ilford and welcomes Anthony Yarde. We also speak to two of their young boxers.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Seconds Out
        Date Published:- 2020-September-3rd
        Date Added:- 2023-January-28th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Stephen Addison
    • Spoken On
      • Anthony Yarde
      • Anthony Joshua

Journalist

Ade Oladipo

  1. ARTUR BETERBIEV STOPS ANTHONY YARDE IN THE 8TH ROUND | TUNDE WAS RIGHT TO STOP THE FIGHT
    • Profile
      • Artur Beterbiev stops Anthony Yarde in the 8th round to remain unbeaten…he wants Dmitry Bivol next
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- Ade Oladipo
        Date Published:- 2023-January-28th
        Date Added:- 2023-January-28th
        Link

Entrepreneur

Simon Jordan

  1. “I AM DISAPPOINTED!” – SIMON JORDAN BRUTALLY HONEST ON CONOR BENN / & REACTS TO YARDE STOPPAGE LOSS
    • Profile
      • “I AM DISAPPOINTED!” – SIMON JORDAN BRUTALLY HONEST ON CONOR BENN / & REACTS TO YARDE STOPPAGE LOSS
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- iFL TV
        Date Published:- 2023-January-29th
        Date Added:- 2023-January-29th
        Link
    • Spoken On
      • Conor Benn

 

Life

Athletes – Boxers

Anthony Yarde

  1. š‘©š‘Øš‘Ŗš‘² š‘»š‘¶ š‘»š‘Æš‘¬ š‘¬š‘µš‘«š‘ŗ šŸ  Yarde in his own backyard | Artur Beterbiev v Anthony Yarde | BT Sport Boxing
    • Profile
      • IT IS FIGHT WEEK and Mr Anthony Yarde is ready to make his dreams become reality. #BeterbievYarde #AnthonyYarde #ArturBeterbiev
        Yarde heads into a blockbuster fight with Artur Beterbiev on January 28th at the OVO Arena, Wembley. The pair will battle for the IBF, WBC, and WBO World Light Heavyweight titles.
        Yarde went back to his roots with Andrew Mensah to discuss his upbringing in the streets of London and his journey to where he is today.
    • Videos
      • Video #1
        Channel:- BT Sport Boxing
        Date Published:- 2023-January-24th
        Date Added:- 2023-January-28th
        Link
    • Participants
      • Anthony Yarde
      • Andrew Mensah
    • Spoken On
      • Floyd Mayweather Gym, Las Vegas
        • Floyd Mayweather
        • Errol Spence

 

Video Transcripts

Sports – Boxing

Athletes – Boxers

Anthony Yarde

STILL LIONS IN THE CAMP šŸ¦ Inspirational Anthony Yarde Post-Fight Interview | #BeterbievYarde

Anthony Yarde & Stephen
  1. Inspiration
    • Hopefully, people can look in and say he did not get the win, but he did his thing
  2. Movie Friday
    • Don’t be scared
    • People are too scared to take a ass whopping
    • They draw for the gun
  3. Stephen Addison
    • Organization
      • Box Up Crime
    • Adidas Campaign
      • “No More Red”

 

Sports – Boxing

Entrepreneur

Simon Jordan

“I AM DISAPPOINTED!” – SIMON JORDAN BRUTALLY HONEST ON CONOR BENN / & REACTS TO YARDE STOPPAGE LOSS
Simon Jordan
  1. Anthony Yarde
    • Really impressive what Anthony Yarde did out there
    • But, at the end, a good fight is one you win and not the one you put up, isn’t it

Summary

I like Ade Oladipo’s take.He encouraged Anthony Yarde.

Ade is like Bro, I know how hard it is for you to get up there.

All you forsook.

Now that you are up there.

Keep your hands stayed in the mud.

Don’t pick up easy ways.

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