After the fascinating dust up between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce last weekend, we are served up another exciting domestic matchup this week as Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur clash for the commonwealth light heavyweight title. These two fighters are both signed to promoter Frank Warren and are keen to prove why they deserve to be the leading light heavyweight in the stable.
Anthony Yarde is the favourite heading into the fight and the former world title challenger has been a revelation since turning professional in 2015. He holds a record of 20-1 with his sole defeat coming at the hands of Sergey Kovalev last year in Russia. Yarde turned over with very limited amateur experience and the fact he has progressed so quickly is a testament to his natural talent.
Although he was clearly devastated by the loss to Kovalev, there were times in that fight when Yarde looked like he could have forced a stoppage himself. Despite the eventual loss, he proved that night that he can mix it at the very top of the light heavyweight division and there is every chance he has grown as a fighter from that experience.
Lyndon Arthur is undefeated in seventeen fights but hasn’t had the same sort of backing as his opponent thus far. ‘King Arthur’ is a product of the prestigious ‘Team GB’ amateur set up and he has carried that amateur pedigree through to mould himself in to a very accomplished professional. Although his career has been played out on undercards, he has shown all the hallmarks of a fighter who is ready to burst onto the scene and this opportunity to headline his own show against a big name like Anthony Yarde, presents him with the perfect opportunity to launch his career to the forefront.
The talk in the build-up has been that Arthur may possess the greater boxing ability but the brute force of Yarde will be the deciding factor. This is a simple enough conclusion to come up with when you consider Yarde has nineteen stoppages in twenty wins as a but it would be a disservice to Arthur to suggest he will be dismantled that easy.
Anthony Yarde starts as (1/9) favourite and the fight is definitely closer than those odds would suggest. Arthur brings in the mentality of an undefeated fighter and his style is one that will allow him to work his way into the fight. Yarde has the ability to end proceedings at some point, but if he was to walk through Arthur early it would be a shock.
There is a real chance that Lyndon Arthur has been overlooked here and this could turn into a very close and entertaining fight. It’s clear by the odds that Yarde is expected to win but Arthur has a very underappreciated skillset and will ensure this isn’t straight forward for the former title challenger. We can expect both fighters to have periods of success but the value here could be Anthony Yarde to win on points (4/1).
The chief support is a really competitive bout between Michael Ramabeletsa and Chris Bourke for the WBC International super bantamweight title. On paper this fight is deceiving because Ramabeletsa has a record of 18-17 but he is much better than that record suggests. Bourke, on the other hand, is very early in his career and with a record of 8-0 this represents a decent test for an inexperienced fighter but he is a supreme talent and carries enough power to end this one inside the distance.
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