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21 The Daily Telegraph Monday 14 September 2020 ** Yarde eases past Spelman with Buatsi ‘mega-fight’ now firmly in his sights 4 5 count but then waved the fight off. Spelman argued but it was a good decision, marking the first stoppage in his 21-fight career. “This win meant a lot,” said Yarde, after his first bout since his father and grandmothe­r died of Covid-19. “I felt sharp. It’s all about experience. As everyone knows, I’ve had 12 amateur fights. This was my 21st pro fight, so I’m still inexperien­ced.” Yarde is hoping for a fight against fellow Londoner Joshua Buatsi, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist. Both 175lb fighters are highly ranked with the world’s sanctionin­g bodies. “It’s definitely a fight we want,” Tunde Ajayi, Yarde’s trainer, told “We have built up a following and a resume. Buatsi hasn’t got there yet. If he keeps performing as I expect and Anthony continues as I know he will – what a mega-fight we will have.” Earlier, the York Hall ringside bell was rung for Alan Minter, the former world middleweig­ht champion who died last week aged 69 after a battle with cancer, before an eliminator for the British middleweig­ht title between Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley. Heffron won on points. By Gareth A Davies BOXING CORRESPOND­ENT Anthony Yarde shook off seven months of ring rust with victory over Dec Spelman at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday night, stopping his opponent in round six with a precise and powerful assault. The Londoner is rebuilding his career after losing last November in his first world title fight, against the formidable Sergey Kovalev in Russia. The Hackney man came within a whisker of stopping the champion known as “Krusher”, but was stopped in round 11 due to inexperien­ce and exhaustion. The 29-year-old has put his only career defeat behind him, and was in total control against Spelman in promoter Frank Warren’s headline event in London. Yarde now fights Commonweal­th light-heavyweigh­t champion Lyndon Arthur on the undercard of the heavyweigh­t battle between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce on Oct 24 at the O2 Arena. Spelman showed his toughness for five rounds against the heavyhande­d physicalit­y of Yarde, but the volume of body and head shots in the sixth dismantled the Lincolnshi­re fighter. Referee Michael Williams gave Spelman a standing The Daily Telegraph. Championsh­ip Standings 9 Kimi Raikkonen Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Lewis Hamilton 10 Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas Max Verstappen Lando Norris Alexander Albon Lance Stroll Daniel Ricciardo Charles Leclerc Sergio Perez Pierre Gasly Carlos Sainz Esteban Ocon Sebastian Vettel Daniil Kvyat Nico Hulkenberg Maufacture­rs: 173, 190pts 135 110 (GB) (Finland) (Holland) (GB) (Thailand) (Canada) 57 (Australia) (Monaco) (Mexico) (France) (Spain) (France) (Germany) (Russia) (Germany) Mercedes McLaren Ferrari Haas (GB) Mercedes GP 2h 19m 35.060s 11 George Russell 65 Valtteri Bottas 12 Romain Grosjean 63 (Finland) Mercedes 2:19:39.940 Not Classified 13 3 53 49 44 43 41 30 Lance Stroll Alexander Albon 14 Esteban Ocon Nicholas Latifi (Thailand) Red Bull 15 2:19:43.124 16 Kevin Magnussen Antonio Giovinazzi 4 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Renault 2:19:45.477 (Mexico) Racing Point 2:19:50.710 (GB) McLaren 2:19:53.943 (Russia) Scuderia AlphaTauri 2:19:56.816 (Monaco) Ferrari 2:20:03.405 17 17 18 Carlos Sainz Max Verstappen Pierre Gasly 5 Sergio Perez 10 19 6 20 6 Lando Norris 1 325pts, 2 Red Racing Point AlphaTauri Williams 0. Sep 27 3 106, 66, 1, Sochi 4 7 10 92, 53, Bull Renault Alfa Romeo Fastest Lap 7 Daniil Kvyat 5 8 83, 6 Hamilton 4, 9 Pole 8 Charles Leclerc Next race Russian Hamilton