Anthony Yarde gets a second shot at a world title when he takes on the exceptional Artur Beterbiev at London’s Wembley Arena.
It appears to be mission impossible for Yarde as he steps in with the unbeaten unified light-heavyweight champion.
Beterbiev has won all of his 18 professional fights by stoppage and that includes when winning the IBF world title against Enrico Kolling, the WBO strap against Joe Smith Jr and claiming Oleksandr Gvozdyk’s WBC belt.
Yarde will have home advantage on fight night, but the Beast from the East is rated a 5/1 outsider.
|What||Anthony Yarde v Artur Beterbiev|
|Where||Wembley Arena, London.|
|When||22.30, Saturday 28th January 2023|
|How to watch||BT Sport|
|Odds||Artur Beterbiev 1/8, Draw 20/1, Anthony Yarde 5/1|
The fight will take place on Saturday 28th January 2023.
The main card is expected to kick off at 7pm. The feature event between Yarde and Beterbiev is scheduled for 10.30pm. Exact times will depend on the duration of previous undercard bouts.
The contest will take place at London’s historic Wembley Arena. British heavyweight greats Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis and Tyson Fury have all boxed at the iconic venue.
Premier League darts and Olympic boxing have been held in the arena and it has a long and varied sporting history. The setting was renovated in 2006 and the 12,500-seat facility is London's second-largest indoor arena.
Yarde v Beterbiev will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK. The world title fight is not a pay-per-view event and the contest will be free-to-air for BT Sport customers.
Beterbiev is the red-hot 1/8 favourite to extend his unbeaten run to 19 professional contests. Yarde is 5/1 to upset the Russian-born boxer on home soil and walk away with the IBF, WBO and WBC world light-heavyweight titles. Beterbiev is 3/10 to make it a perfect 19 stoppage victories on Saturday night.
Beterbiev’s IBF, WBO and WBC light-heavyweight belts are up for grabs at Wembley Arena.
Dmitry Bivol currently holds the WBA 175lbs title and an undisputed contest could follow for the winner of this bout later in 2023.
Yarde previously came up short when challenging for world-level honours against Sergey Kovalev in 2019, but it’s possible that the Beast from the East will improve for that experience.
Yarde made relentless progress in the early part of his career and the Londoner swiftly collected the Southern Area, WBO European and WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight titles.
The Hackney hitter faced his first real test when taking on Nikola Sjekloca in 2017 and Yarde comprehensively passed that assignment blowing the Montenegrin away in the fourth round.
The Beast from the East then went on to crush Tony Averlant, Dariusz Sek, Walter Gabriel Sequeira and Travis Reeves, before landing a shot at Kovalev’s WBO light-heavyweight title in 2019. Yarde was stopped in the 11th by the Russian, but that wasn’t an effort without promise and Kovalev had been an elite-level performer.
It was a concern that the 31-year-old was then beaten by British rival Lyndon Arthur in 2020, but Yarde swiftly got his revenge in the rematch, and for all that the Hackney hitter still has plenty to prove, there is still an impression that there is more to come.
The IBF, WBO and WBC light-heavyweight champion has a perfect record of 18 wins from 18 bouts. All of Beterbiev’s professional victories have come by stoppage and that includes knocking out good performers in Smith Jr, Marcus Browne and Gvozdyk.
That seems an almost impenetrable record, and while the Russian-born boxer in a hard-hitting and extremely talented performer, there could be some chinks in his armour.
Beterbiev made his debut in 2013 and he has only fought 18 times in 10 years. Some of that inactivity can be put down to various contractual issues, but it remains that the Khasavyurt fighter has contested only three fights since 2019.
Beterbiev doesn’t have many miles on the clock in a professional ring, but he is now 38-years-old and it’s hard to think that there is much improvement left to come at that advanced age.
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