Former WBO light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Yarde steps back in the ring on September 12 when he takes on Dec Spelman. Can Yarde get back into the title mix?
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Road To Anthony Yarde v Dec Spelman
British light heavyweight fighter Anthony Yarde will be looking to get back into the title scene when he takes on fellow Brit Dec Spelman at the BT Sports Studio on September 12. ‘The Beast from the East’ has only tasted defeat once in his professional career when he was stopped in the 11th round during his WBO title fight against Sergey Kovalev in Russia last August. He has been in the ring just once since that defeat, a second-round stoppage victory over Diego Jair Ramirez on February 8 before the sport was postponed due to the pandemic. Spelman has a record of 16-4 since turning professional in 2019, however he has lost his last two fights. His last bout saw him lose a unanimous points decision against Lyndon Arthur for the Commonwealth light heavyweight title. Arthur will be an interested bystander during this fight, as he has already registered interest in facing Yarde in the future.
Anthony Yarde v Dec Spelman Predictions & Tips
Dec Spelman put in spirited performances in his defeats against Lyndon Arthur and Shakan Pitters, but he didn’t have the power to stop the fight going to the judges. Spelman has not won any of his 16 fights by way of knockout, and if he has any chance of beating a boxer of the calibre of Yarde, then he needs to fight a knockout punch from somewhere. It is safe to say that Yarde is most definitely a knockout puncher. The 29-year-old has won 18 of his 19 victories by stopping his opponent, with his win against Stanislavs Makarenko in his second professional bout the only one to go to points – albeit that was only over four rounds. Yarde was seconds away from becoming the WBO light heavyweight champion after he rocked Kovalev a number of times in the eighth round, but he was unable to get the job done. Kovalev had to dig deep and despite being tired and low on energy, he stopped Yarde in the 11th. Yarde will have taken a lot from that fight, and no disrespect to Spelman, but Yarde should not have any real problems and I’m backing former WBO Intercontinental champion to end this one inside five rounds.
Anthony Yarde v Dec Spelman Tips: Fighter Predictions
Anthony Yarde: “The people want explosive action and knockouts so I will not be hiding behind my jab and sending everyone to sleep. This will be all about me reminding people that I am the force of the division and I am heading right back to the top where I intend to dominate and reign for a long time to come. I respect Dec Spelman as a fighter but this is the chance for me to show everyone what they can expect when I get to share a ring with Lyndon Arthur.”
Dec Spelman: “If Yarde comes to fight then so much the better for me. Lyndon made our fight a technical affair that I was disappointed I couldn’t really get to grips with, so if Yarde wants some action then bring it on. I will actually be his first test at domestic level so we will see how he looks on the night.”