Britain’s Anthony Yarde is planning to use the personal heartache he has endured as a result of the coronavirus as “fuel to get stronger”.
The top light heavyweight boxer lost his father and grandmother in the last month due to the coronavirus. The 28-year-old had to fight Lyndon Arthur on April 11 in London, but the fight was postponed because of the virus outbreak.
“I know where I want to get to in this sport,” he told the Daily Mail.
“You need to mourn, you need to be upset, to give yourself time to replenish. Then you use it all as fuel to get stronger. I’ll get stronger. I want to make all my family proud, particularly my mum Sonia. Ninety percent of everything I do is for her, but this has all added to that drive.”
Yarde’s attempts to turn his thoughts towards the ring have not been easy but he maintains it is the best way to cope in trying circumstances.
“It has been stressful. People cannot be around to comfort each other,” he added.
“I am still mourning, really. For me, it has been important to get back focused on boxing. I have been going for a lot of bike rides or runs, exercising indoors. I have been watching a lot of comedy films, anything really that keeps your mind off it, but training helps most with that, knowing I have a job to do.”