- Anthony Yarde's dad has lost the battle to the deadly Coronavirus
- The 28-year-old made the announcement on his social media handle
- Yarde has only one defeat in his boxing career, recording 19 wins
Anthony Yarde's father is the latest victim of the deadly Coronavirus, the light-heavyweight boxer has confirmed.
The number nine contender in the light-heavyweight division disclosed the tragic news and said that his dad had no health challenges before he contracted the virus.
The 28-year-old has now appealed to everyone to stay indoors to limit the spread of the virus.
Yarde released on Instagram saying: "I'm a very private person and TBH I'm still in shock but maybe this can help people stay home.
"My Dad passed away from this virus yesterday and he was fit with no health issues.
"The more people go out and mingle the longer this isolation will last and the more it will spread.
"I'm not a doctor but I do know if you stay home you are less likely to catch it or pass it on.
"It's seriously not worth the risk."
Boxer promoter Frank Warren tweeted: "Frank Warren and everyone at Queensberry Promotions would like to express sincere condolences to Anthony Yarde and his family after the untimely passing of his father.
"Coronavirus is an issue affecting all of us, but that doesn’t make the individual casualties any less tragic.
"We hope that his fans listen to Anthony’s heartfelt plea for people to take the government’s advice seriously so we can try and minimise the suffering of others."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Mike Tyson is not ruling out Deontay Wilder's chances of recordings a victory against Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight, The Sun reports.
The Gypsy King dominated the Bronze Bomber in their second bout in February following a seventh-round stage.
But the Baddest Man on the Planet who celebrated Wilder's defeat to Fury at ringside believes his fellow American still has a chance.
"Listen, he didn’t fight the same fight he fought the first fight.
"The first fight he fought with confidence like he could win. The second fight he fought like he didn’t have no zest, no life in him.
"I just don’t think he was the same fighter after the first fight. He couldn’t rise to that occasion again."
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