Anthony Yarde will be looking to become the first man to beat Lyndon Arthur when the two British light heavyweight fighters lock horns at Church House, Westminster on December 5.
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Anthony Yarde v Lyndon Arthur Preview: Predictions & Tips
This might not have the billing of Dubois versus Joyce, or even Canelo Alvarez against Callum Smith, but it will be an entertaining and bruising contest with two talented fighters giving their all.
I was one of the people who thought that Dubois would be too strong and clever for Joyce, and boy was I proved wrong. I don’t think I will be wrong this week though.
Arthur is a very good fighter and has a massive career ahead of him, but this is by far his biggest fight to date. I think the experience Yarde has of facing a fighter like Kovalev will give ‘The Beast From The East’ a great chance of winning.
There is no way Arthur punches like Kovalev, so Yarde should have enough experience and ring awareness to keep on top of Arthur from the opening bell.
I cannot see this going the distance, only one of Yarde’s 20 victories has gone the distance – four rounds back in his second professional fight in 2015. I am confident Yarde will unleash one of bombs and end this one in the seventh round.
Road To Anthony Yarde v Lyndon Arthur
Anthony Yarde has already had a little taste of the big time when he challenged Russian Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title at the Traktor Sport Palace last August.
The London-born fighter put in a good showing in Russia and was actually close to stopping Kovalev in the eighth round when he unleashed a barrage of punches on the champion.
That was Yarde’s chance to win the belt, but Kovalev managed to hang on and the Russian went on to win the fight in the 11th when he capitalised on Yarde running out of steam and knocked him out.
Despite losing the fight – his first defeat as a professional – many people still believe his time will come and he will soon have a world title around his waist.
Yarde has already held the WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight and WBO European belts, and he will be looking to prise Arthur’s Commonwealth title away from him on Saturday evening.
Since suffering his first defeat, Yarde has won back-to-back fights by way of TKO. First, he stopped Diego Jair Ramirez in the second round before getting Dec Spelman out of there in the sixth.
While a lot of people are tipping Yarde to go to the top, a lot of others believe the same for Arthur. The Manchester fighter has yet to be defeated and this will be the second defence of his Commonwealth title.
Arthur is yet to taste defeat, his last fight was against Spelman – whop Yarde stopped in the sixth round – with the champion winning a unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
A lot of people feel that Yarde will have too much punching power for Arthur – something we all actually thought Daniel Dubois would do to Joe Joyce last weekend.
Arthur will take a lot of confidence from how Joyce fought last Saturday. He was the underdog and was expected to be knocked out by Dubois, but he stuck to his game plan and constantly used the jab to defuse any attack Dubois was planning.
Arthur is a similar fighter and will be using the jab to keep Yarde at bay, whether his tactics will work is yet to be seen, but just because Dubois has the punching power, that doesn’t automatically mean he will get the opportunity to show it.
Anthony Yarde v Lyndon Arthur Tips: Fighter Predictions
Anthony Yarde: “I hope and believe this will deliver a thrilling end to what has been a difficult year for everybody.
“Top domestic fights like this are what boxing fans tell us they want and I am happy to be part of what will be a special night in London – a special place for a special fight.
“From my side, I will be about bringing entertainment for the viewers, spectacular action and a devastating finish. I want to make it a memorable fight that will be remembered for a long time.
“I am totally focused only on this fight and I am treating it just as seriously as I would for a world title. I take every fight seriously and right now I am just working towards getting the job done in the best fashion.”
Lyndon Arthur: “What a great fight it is to be involved in. Being behind closed doors means there would have been a few stare downs at press conferences by now, but it takes nothing away when we fight.
“A lot of boxing fans are in lockdown, they all have an opinion and they will all tune in to BT Sport. I’m excited knowing that.
“I could have stopped Spelman if I upped the pressure. I was in first gear and not even blowing.
“Yarde has power, but to nullify it I will make sure I am not there to be hit. Everyone can hit hard if you stand in front of them. I have power as well and he needs to nullify mine. I’m not worried about his power.
“The two 12 rounders against Anim and Spelman have brought me on leaps and bounds. It’s 24 rounds experience in two 12 rounds fights. You cannot buy that.
“I’ve watched Yarde’s two fights since Kovalev and he hasn’t shown anything different. You get what you see.”