A fit­ting trib­ute in mem­ory of Joe Yarde

Boxing News - - Amateurs -

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.

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