“Floyd was over in London with Gervonta Davis,” said Yarde, “and he looked me up on YouTube.
“He saw me knock out Rayford Johnson with a lead left hook and said: ‘You got that shot from me, right ?’
“I said: ‘100 percent.’
“Until Roy Jones Jr and Floyd came along, nobody else was throwing lead left hooks like that.”
Yarde had a spell at Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas a few years ago – and says watching him train inspired him to push himself harder in the gym.
Yarde says he “lives like an athlete 24/7 . . . my abs are always there” and he needs to work hard to make 12st 7lbs.”