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Tough ask for Anthony Yarde, but promoter says he can dethrone Artur Beterbiev

Anthony Yarde. Photo credit: Queensberry Promotions

Promoter Frank Warren has admitted that Anthony Yarde 23-2 (22) will be up against it when he challenges WBC, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev 18-0 (18) at Wembley Arena in London, England on Saturday night.

But the Queensberry Promotions boss believes his boxer is up for the job.

“He’s a wrecking machine. He’s got the most perfect record of anybody in boxing, a champion in boxing,” Warren said to BT Sport.

“It is a tough fight for our man, but I think this may be his moment. He can punch, he can box; we’ve seen that. He’s got a little bit of experience more. I generally do feel he can upset the odds.”

It will be the second time the 31-year-old Yarde has challenged for a world title following his 11th round knockout loss to then-WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev 35-4-1 (29) in Chelyabinsk, Russia in August 2019.

Yarde did have some success against Kovalev, hurting him in the second half of the bout.

“He did it too late,” Warren said. “He should have been putting it on him earlier in the fight and he didn’t do that. If he had imposed himself, he would have knocked him over.

“Kovalev had a great amateur record as well, a great pro, and a great amateur record. As I said, [Beterbiev vs Yarde is] a tough fight. One thing about both of them, they’re both big punchers, so I don’t expect it to go the distance.

The only blemish on Yarde’s ledger since the Kovalev defeat was a split decision loss to Lyndon Arthur 21-1 (15) in December 2020. He reversed that result with a fourth-round knockout of Arthur in their rematch 12-months later.

“The only other loss on his record was that points decision when he had that bad period during Covid,” Warren said.

“It was a terrible time for him. He lost three members of his family due to Covid. That took a lot out of him. He showed what he’s all about in the rematch with Lyndon Arthur when he totally destroyed Lyndon.”

Yarde is now on a three-fight win streak, with each victory coming by way of knockout.

“Hopefully, we got the timing right on this,” Warren continued. “He’s had the run-out and now it’s up to him. It’s now his to go and win. When he gets in that ring, he’s got to show everyone that he’s capable. I think he’s capable of doing it.

“We made the fight with Bob Arum, who is the joint promoter with us, and they do fancy their man strong, but I also fancy our man. So it’s going to be quite interesting.

“Look, we know what he is. He is a monster, but our guy is too and if he catches you, you go. We know [Beterbiev] got put on the floor by Callum Johnson.

“We know he can be caught and the difference often comes with a big puncher. But our guy is a more powerful puncher.”