Home Boxing News Anthony Yarde wants people to believe Artur Beterbiev is a “monster”

Anthony Yarde wants people to believe Artur Beterbiev is a “monster”

Artur Beterbiev and Anthony Yarde. Photo credit: Queensberry Promotions

Light heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde 23-2 (22) is more than happy that people are writing him off ahead of his fight against WBC, WBO and IBF champion Artur Beterbiev 18-0 (18) at Wembley Arena in London on January 28.

The 31-year-old Brit insists that the more Beterbiev is made out to be a “monster”, the better he will perform.

“He had over 300 amateur fights – I had 12. He’s had seven world-title fights and won them all by knockout,” Yarde told Metro. “I’d have to be a silly human being to think his resume shouldn’t be respected or that he doesn’t have something about him.

“You get the best version of me, the most dangerous version of me and the most focused version of me when I feel like somebody’s a threat.

“When you’ve got a Chihuahua running after you, you might be calm but when it’s a Doberman or a Pitbull chasing you, your pupils open. That’s my mentality.

“I want everyone to talk him up as a monster because that means I’ll be the best version of myself.”

The bout will be Yarde’s second world title tilt. In August 2019 he travelled to Chelyabinsk in Russia to challenge then-WBO champion Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev 35-4-1 (29) for his belt. Although losing by 11th round knockout, Yarde had his moments in the fight before fading late. It was the first time he had been taken past the seventh round.

It was back to the drawing board for Yarde, who suffered a minor setback when he dropped a split decision to Lyndon Arthur 21-1 (15) in December 2020. In their rematch a year later, Yarde knocked out Arthur in the fourth round with a right hand to the head.

But it was his experience in Russia that he says helped him grow as a boxer.

“There were evidently a lot of lessons that needed to be learned,” said Yarde. “Russia is very different from England and in terms of preparing of the fight against one of the top light heavyweights at the time, it was challenging and an experience. In boxing, experience comes from those types of things. If you haven’t done it, you lack experience and it can come as a bit of a shock.

“We were very cool, calm and collected but having no luggage was a bit worrying, especially when you’ve just landed in a country. But you grow from it and you learn.”

Yarde believes his fight against Beterbiev is one of the best that can be made in boxing and says that he expects the crowd will reflect that.

“Before they make the ring announcements, I think everyone will be on their feet. There might be fights in the crowd because no one will be sitting down,” Yarde said.

“If I was a fan, I’d be on my feet, even standing on a chair – although I’m not advising any bad behaviour – trying to watch this fight.

“I feel it’s one of the most exciting match-ups in boxing in the world right now, stylistically.”