British light heavyweight Callum Johnson, who announced his retirement from boxing at the end of last year, shared his opinion on how his compatriot Anthony Yarde (23-2, 22 KOs) can win in the upcoming fight with unified world champion Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs). ) from Canada.
It is worth noting that Johnson suffered the only defeat in the pro-firing precisely from Beterbiev in October 2018, losing by knockout in the 4th round. At the same time, in the second segment, the Briton himself managed to knock down Arthur.
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“Arthur Beterbiev is an animal, and he will not hesitate to hit Yard on the back of the head,” Callum is sure. “With him, you have to be as vigilant as possible all the time, not to lose focus for a second, because he will definitely take advantage of this.”
“At the same time, for you to have a chance to win, you have to beat him at his own game. That is, to put pressure on him, to spud him with strong blows, to make him feel uncomfortable, ”Johnson voiced his recipe for success. – If you try to outbox him on the back leg, he will be in his element, because that’s how his opponents always act. And the one who will powerfully beat him and press him will come as a surprise to him, and this is the only way to beat him, in my opinion.
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“Anthony can hit, which means he has a chance to punch,” says Callum. “Maybe Yard’s hand speed and single punches are faster, but Beterbiev’s timing, skill and IQ can negate all the little advantages that Yard has. He (Yard) can box, he has a good defense and he is a good fighter in general. At the same time, I personally don’t think he has anything that Beterbiev has never seen before or can’t handle.”
“Beterbiev is already 38,” recalls his former rival, “and one day he will catch up with age. Yard needs to be the best version of himself to win, and for Beterbiev to be on the decline. In the previous fight against Joe Smith, Beterbiev looked as young and tough as ever, but everything can change overnight.”
Meanwhile, another light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol spoke about Beterbiev’s weaknesses.