Tomorrow in London (England), local light heavyweight Anthony Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) will try to upset the unified division champion, Russian Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs) playing for Canada.
Yard promoter Frank Warren (queensberry promotions)
thinksthat the applicant has very solid chances: “Everything is clear with the favorite. It is impossible to somehow underestimate the champion with a perfect record – 18 wins, 18 knockouts. But I believe that if someone is able to beat Beterbiev, then it is Yard. He has the much-needed strength and mentality to do it.”
Warren recalls that the champion is still vulnerable – he missed earlier, ended up on the floor: “I think that if Yard catches Beterbiev, he will not let go. I remember how Callum Johnson dropped Arthur, but he returned to the fight like a champion. The thing is that Anthony is a chic finisher. Let’s also remember that Beterbiev is already 38 years old. Plus, the Yard will have the advantage of native walls. I hope all this will help him to upset the champion. Yes, I say “upset”, because I saw that the bookmaker’s quotes were not in his favor.
The promoter believes that his fighter is “much stronger in boxing than they say. Yes, he has almost no amateur experience, but he has a solid jab and very good speed.”
Yesterday, the British coach talked about what Yard’s chance is. And the ex-leader of the division Sergey Kovalev is sure that “Beterbiev will finish Anthony!” The champion’s coach claims that Arthur is ready to go the whole distance with Yard.