Anthony Yarde celebrated a 13th win after Norbert Nemesapati's retirement
Yarde arrived at the Copper Box unbeaten after the first 12 fights of his professional career to fight on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ clash with Willie Monroe Jr.
Brit Yarde only turned professional two years ago but is already the WBO European light-heavyweight champion, a title he defended successfully for the first time.
And he will now pursue a shot at the British title with global aspirations not far away after a polished, powerful performance to dispatch Nemesapati.
The 22-year-old Nemesapati had not enjoyed the ideal build-up to the fight but Yarde hadn't either, nearly missing the weight after having to spend the evening before his weigh-in in hospital with his ill grandmother.
But it didn't show with Yarde dropping his opponent twice in the opening round, the second knockdown coming after five consecutive raking right hands.
Nemesapati did not look like he would make it out of the opening round but to his credit made it to the end of round three before the referee accepted his retirement.
Yarde looked in a different class throughout the nine minutes and will now expect a different level of opponent - even if the British title fight ends up being awkward to make.
"We tried to make the British title fight," promoter Frank Warren said.
Anthony Yarde was impressively polished against Norbert Nemesapati
"We made Frank Buglioni a very big offer and he didn’t want to fight him."
Yarde himself was quick to blame his grandmother's illness for his weight problems but was overall pleased with his performance on the night.
"There was still progression against a better opponent who was very, very tough," Yarde said.
"I hit with some shots and I was thinking 'he's still there - okay'.
"The hard work is paying off."
From an article by @jamestingray from by the Sunday Express