nthony Yarde faces an infinite problem as unified champion Artur Beterbiev heads to London for an explosive light-heavyweight title combat this weekend.
Few are giving Hackney’s ‘Beast from the East’ any likelihood of inflicting what can be one of many greatest boxing upsets from a British fighter in trendy reminiscence on Saturday night time, although the presence of such a dominant champion on UK soil ought to nonetheless make for a improbable spectacle at Wembley Enviornment.
Unbeaten Beterbiev is one the game’s most ferocious and hard-hitting titlists, holding the IBF gold at 175lbs since 2017 and including the WBC belt two years later, earlier than gathering the WBO strap with a second-round demolition of Joe Smith Jr in New York final summer time.
The Russian who fights out of Canada is lacking simply the WBA belt to finish the set, with an epic undisputed showdown towards Dmitry Bivol doubtlessly looming later in 2023 if he can first brush previous Yarde, his compatriot’s potential rematch with Canelo Alvarez however.
A highly-decorated beginner with European and world success, Beterbiev is 18-0 as knowledgeable with all of these victories coming through knockout. Many see it as merely mission inconceivable for Yarde, who initially anticipated this combat in October earlier than an harm suffered by the champion.
The 31-year-old turned Beterbiev’s obligatory WBO challenger after avenging his shock defeat to home rival Lyndon Arthur along with his personal headline knockout again in October 2021.
That bout was sandwiched by straightforward wins overAlex Theran and Stefani Koykov, with the 23-2 Yarde now dealing with an enormous step up at school three-and-a-half years after going to Russia and giving Sergey Kovalev an actual scare on his earlier unsuccessful problem for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2019.
Beterbiev vs Yarde date, begin time, venue and ring walks
Beterbiev vs Yarde takes place on Saturday January 28, 2023 at The SSE Enviornment, Wembley in London.
The principle undercard is because of get underway from 7pm GMT, with the ring walks for the primary occasion anticipated at roughly 10pm.
As ever, actual timings will depend upon the size of the undercard fights.
Beterbiev vs Yarde combat card/undercard in full
The chief help act sees Ukraine’s Artem Dalakian defend his WBA flyweight title towards undefeated challenger David Jimenez of Costa Rica.
The Itauma brothers are additionally in motion, with teenage heavyweight prospect Moses making his skilled debut and Karol preventing for his first title within the type of the vacant WBC Worldwide light-heavyweight belt.
Charles “Growth Growth” Frankham seems to go 7-0 towards Colombia’s Joshua Ocampo and Hamzah Sheeraz’s cousin Umar Khan levels his sixth combat towards India’s Sandeep Singh Bhatti. The WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title can also be on the road as Willy Hutchinson takes on Emil Markic.
Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde
Artem Dalakian vs David Jimenez
Karol Itauma vs Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna
Willy Hutchinson vs Emil Markic
Charles Frankham vs Joshua Ocampo
Umar Khan vs Sandeep Singh Bhatti
Sean Noakes vs Santiago Garces
Tommy Fletcher vs Darryl Sharp
Joshua Frankham vs Joe Hardy
Khalid Ali vs Ivica Gogosevic
Moses Itauma vs Marcel Bode
watch Beterbiev vs Yarde
TV channel: Within the UK, Beterbiev vs Yarde is offered to look at dwell through BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Final, with protection starting at 7pm GMT.
Reside stream: Subscribers also can catch the motion because it occurs dwell on-line through the BT Sport web site or app.
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Beterbiev vs Yarde combat prediction
Courageous Yarde is not going to be intimidated or cowed by the numerous problem that awaits this weekend.
He confirmed towards Kovalev that he holds no concern when the percentages are firmly stacked towards him, and on that event he got here near surprising the world with an eighth-round stoppage.
Whereas it’s extraordinarily tough to see that taking place once more right here, you’ll be able to make certain that Yarde will give this every little thing he’s received on house soil.
For all Beterbiev’s fearsome energy, his opponent additionally packs an enormous punch and might be solely too prepared to take advantage of any errors made by the Russian.
Although the champion has many knockouts within the first half of fights on his stellar CV, he was taken 9 rounds by Marcus Browne in a bloody affair in Montreal in December 2021 and in addition went 10 with each Adam Deines and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Yarde will little doubt make issues tough and Beterbiev will probably have to methodically break down one other opponent right here fairly than scoring a fast highlight-reel KO, earlier than ending a dominant efficiency within the latter levels.
Beterbiev to win by knockout within the ninth spherical.
Beterbiev vs Yarde weigh-in outcomes
The fighters took the scales on Friday afternoon, with Beterbiev the marginally heavier of the 2.
Yarde got here in at 174.3lbs, with Beterbiev weighing in at 174.5lbs.
Beterbiev vs Yarde betting odds
Beterbiev to win: 1/12
Yarde to win: 6/1
Beterbiev to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 1/5
Beterbiev to win by resolution/technical resolution: 11/2
Yarde to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 8/1
Yarde to win by resolution/technical resolution: 18/1
Odds through Betfair (topic to alter).