Just before the main event, Wales’ Liam Williams delivered a major statement in a two-round destruction of Essex middleweight Joe Mullender in his first defense of the British middleweight title.
This, only the second boxing event in 20 years to be staged at the Royal Albert Hall, had been scheduled for Nicola Adams, the double Olympic gold-medalist, to fight in her first world-title bout but an injury prevented the Leeds lass from doing so.
It left Yarde to make his mark which, indeed, he did. On a night he will treasure forever, fighting in the hall where the ghosts of Muhammad Ali, Sir Henry Cooper, Primo Carnera, Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno and Jimmy Wilde still lurk. For British and world boxing, it has been a hall of fighting fame. Yarde joined them night.
It was also announced here that BT Sport Box Office will air Amir Khan’s bid for the WBO world welterweight belt against unbeaten champion Terence Crawford on April 20 from Madison Square Garden, New York.