By Chris Glover
York Hall, London - For the WBO Intercontinental and European Light Heavyweight titles, Anthony Yarde 15-0 (14KOs) stopped Tony Averlant 26-9-2 (5KOs) in seven rounds of action.
Averlant's corner retired him at the end of round seven.
The fight began with Yarde being the aggressor as he looked to slow down his French opponent, working well on the inside. Averlant replied with some good jabs and straight right hands of his own but it was Yarde in control in the early rounds.
Averlant was in London to win however, as he continued to land some sharp right hands on the WBO number 3 Anthony Yarde. Despite this, Yarde worked well for the vast majority of all the rounds as he controlled the pace and worked well behind his jab.
Yarde's breakthrough come in round six as he landed an excellent left hook to the body off the ropes, sending his French counterpart to the canvas. The East London champion piled on the pressure, sending Averlant to the canvas again after unloading an onslaught to both head and body. Averlant made the count once again but was lucky to survive the round.
Round seven featured a similar script, however, nothing came back from Averlant and Anthony Yarde put his combination punches together with absolute ease, forcing the Averlant corner to withdraw the Frenchman at the end of round number seven.
Also in action, for the Southern Area Heavyweight title, Daniel Dubois 7-0 (7KOs) continued his streak of knockouts with a third round stoppage of previously undefeated DL Jones 8-1-1.
Referee Bob Williams jumped in to stop the contest after 2.23 of round number three as DL Jones slumped to the canvas after taking a barrage of massive hooks and uppercuts to the head from 'Dynamite' Daniel Dubois.
In other action, heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman 12-0 (10KOs) continued his winning run with a knockout of overmatched Morgan Dessaux 4-2 (4KOs).