By Frank Warren
WE HAD TO move quickly this week when we received news that Mehdi Amar, who was set to fight Anthony Yarde in Leicester on February 23, had withdrawn due to injury.
It is not easy to find opponents ready to go in with Anthony at the best of times, so we had to rapidly pull out all the stops to put a replacement in place and Travis Reeves accepted the challenge.
Reeves is somebody we have looked at before for Anthony, he is in a good run of form and has fought at a good level.
At this stage of the game it is all about Anthony and his performances. It is important that he goes in there and gets the job done because we are on the cusp of entering a defining period of Anthony’s career.
He is ranked No.1 by the WBO and a mandatory challenge will be called before too long, so we need to have Anthony in the optimum position to take advantage of the opportunity.
I hold my hands up, I thought Sergey Kovalev was a declining force but he managed to impressively turn the tables of Eleider Alvarez last weekend and will soon be notified by the WBO with regard to the status of his mandatory.
It will be a big step for Anthony to take, so we will look at how he shapes up against Travis Reeves and take it from there.
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