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“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.”

— Anthony yarde (@mranthonyyarde) August 28, 2017

He accepts a move up to cruiserweight, and possibly heavyweight, are likely, once he’s gone as far as he can at light-heavyweight.

He takes a sizeable step up in class next month.

Sjekloca has spent most of his career at super-middleweight, he was outpointed by Callum Smith in Liverpool three years ago, but for the last year or so he’s been campaigning at 12st 7lbs and last time out drew with Robert Stieglitz in a European-title challenge.

Jason McClory, Warren’s matchmaker, explained the thinking behind the Yarde-Sjekloca match.

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