A fitting tribute in memory of Joe Yarde
JOE YARDE died in tragic circumstances earlier this year.
“He was an elite athlete before switching over to boxing,” his friend Matthew Field remembered, “he competed nationally for many years.” He switched to boxing and was a passionate practitioner of the sport, training at historic club Fitzroy Lodge. “He became a Lodge boy overnight really, he was extremely dedicated and had an excellent training regime, would never miss a session, had a very good work ethic. So I think it was something that boys in the gym could respect... He was turning himself into a pretty handy boxer.”
Yarde [pictured], a talented musician, was starting out on a career as a teacher and even helped former ABA champion Kirk Garvey with his diet and nutrition. Boxing meant a lot to him. His mother asked for no flowers at his funeral and instead for a donation to the club. His family and friends also set up a page on Just Giving and raised over £4,000 which they donated to the club. “It gave him something to focus on, it gave him something to be part of and I think it does that for lots of kids,” Field said.