By Matt Lieberman: Bob Arum predicts a two-way stoppage for next month’s fight between challenger Anthony Yarde and IBF, WBC and WBO light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev on January 28 on ESPN+ at Wembley Arena in London, England.
Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) is considered by many to be the clear favorite against the powerful but hopelessly flawed WBO mandatory Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) for their main event fight.
Although Yarde has improved since he last challenged for a world title against former WBO 175-pound champion Sergey Kovalev in 2019, he still looks pretty much the same fighter who was knocked out by a kick. Russian fighter three years ago.
Judges will not be needed
“Absolutely, especially in the UK,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Boxing Social about bringing different fighters like Artur Beterbiev to the UK to fight. “The UK is taking over, in a good way, the sport of boxing because fan interest in the UK is beyond any place in the world.
“I don’t know if it will be a routine stop, but it will be a stop one way or the other”, Arum said when asked if it would be a “routine save” for Beterbiev compared to 31-year-old Anthony Yarde.
“You are with Yarde, who hits very well, and Beterbiev has been many times in his career. So the fight can end anyway. One thing I guarantee you, it ends in a stoppage.
“If I could say money and not have judges for the fight, I would be very happy,” Arum said.
It will be difficult for Yarde to go the full 12 rounds with Beterbeiv if his chin and stamina haven’t improved since his loss to Kovalev. Yarde hasn’t faced a big puncher since the Kovalev fight, so you can’t tell if he’s improved in the past three years.
Since that loss, Yarde has gone 5-1, with wins over the following beatable opposition: Stefani Koykov, Lyndon Arthur, Alex Theran, Dec Spelman and Diego Jair Ramirez.
If Yarde had beaten a high caliber fighter like Joshua Buatsi, Craig Richards or Callum Smith in the past three years, it would be easier to take him seriously as a credible threat to Beterbiev.
Defeating Koykov, Arthur, Theran, Spelman and Ramirez aren’t good enough names to consider Yarde anything but another knockout victim for Beterbiev.
An undisputed anchorage for the end of 2023
“I don’t realistically think we’ll be able to do it uncontested, assuming Artur keeps winning until probably the end of next year,” Arum said of the uncontested match. between Beterbiev and WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
“There is Callum Smith, who is an agent of another organization [WBC], and we will do this fight. If Bivol passes, then we will fight against Bivol. “The economy may be different from place to place, but the ring is the same.
“Artur us a traveler. He now lives in Canada. He has a permanent resident in French Canada, now in Montreal. So wherever the best place for this fight is, we’ll do it. I do not care. The ring is the same,” Arum said of the Beterbiev vs. Bivol match.
“Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Wembley,” Arum said of the possible destinations for the undisputed clash between Beterbiev and Bivol. ”
“So bringing Beterbiev here to London to fight on January 28 is a great, great thing, and I think everyone will be happy with the fight.
“Especially with Queensbury. I knew Frank [Warren] for ages, and then we started promoting Tyson Fury together.
“It’s been a good relationship, and it’s turned into Queensbury doing a lot of fights here that we buy the rights to show in the US on ESPN, so it’s been a great relationship.
“Landing the right punch,” Arum said when asked what Yarde could bring that Beterbiev might not be able to handle. “If I’m coaching Anthony Yarde, I would say, be patient.
“When Beterbiev opens up, throw your punch and land your punch because you’re a devastating puncher yourself,” Arum said.