COVID-19: Callum Johnson withdraws from Smith Jr title fight, Anthony Yarde eyes matters

Frank Warren today confirmed light-heavyweight contender Callum Johnson has withdrawn from his scheduled January 15 title fight against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr, while revealing another of his stable – #1 mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde – is consequently monitoring the state of affairs, with an in-ring return mooted sometime in March for the 30-year-old.

Lyndon Arthur stuns Anthony Yarde on points to retain Commonwealth title

Lyndon Arthur made good on his promise to surprise heavy favourite Anthony Yarde, jabbing his way to victory via split decision: 111-117, 115-114, 115-114 – retaining his British commonwealth light-heavyweight title while adding the vacant WBO inter-continental strap too. Yarde was bemused as the scorecards were read out, with both revealing they were content for … Continue reading Lyndon Arthur stuns Anthony Yarde on points to retain Commonwealth title

Beterbiev vs. Yarde press conference: Regardless of the outcome, Jan. 28 will host a compelling watch

41 months after falling narrowly short in Russia, Anthony Yarde finds himself with a second chance to become a world champion at light-heavyweight in the new year. He came close against Sergey Kovalev, and now faces an even bigger task against a destructive puncher in Artur Beterbiev (18-0, 18 KOs), who has become more fearsome … Continue reading Beterbiev vs. Yarde press conference: Regardless of the outcome, Jan. 28 will host a compelling watch

Beterbiev-Yarde confirmed for January 28 at Wembley Arena after latter’s KO win over Koykov

After dismantling Stefani Koykov with body shots and vicious hooks en route to a R3 TKO win in Telford overnight, #1 WBO light-heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde has emerged unscathed from his stay-busy fight and will take on unified world champion Artur Beterbiev in late January – three-and-a-half years after coming close against Beterbiev’s compatriot Sergey … Continue reading Beterbiev-Yarde confirmed for January 28 at Wembley Arena after latter’s KO win over Koykov

Beterbiev blasts past Smith Jr inside two rounds – sorry Yarde, there’s bigger fish to fry

This was billed as a clash of two heavy-handed champions, yet it was the boogeyman at 175lbs who raced to score four knockdowns en route to maintaining his unblemished record (18-0, 18 KOs). For all the talk surrounding Anthony Yarde’s WBO mandatory status for another world title shot, it’s increasingly difficult to see the powerful … Continue reading Beterbiev blasts past Smith Jr inside two rounds – sorry Yarde, there’s bigger fish to fry

Yarde blasts past Arthur in long-awaited rematch with R4 KO, reinforces world title bid

364 days on from losing their first bout with an underwhelming display, there was no time for more hesitation from Anthony Yarde. He knew what was needed of him and executed it well, to emphatically stop domestic rival Lyndon Arthur with a fourth-round KO. Now, he’ll challenge for the WBO light-heavyweight title in 2022 – … Continue reading Yarde blasts past Arthur in long-awaited rematch with R4 KO, reinforces world title bid

Frank Warren: Arthur-Yarde rematch is next, despite their contrasting situations

After a ninth-round KO win over Italy’s Davide Faraci, Lyndon Arthur (19-0, 13 KOs) remained unbeaten last weekend while making the first defence of his WBO inter-continental LHW title, which he won via split decision vs. Anthony Yarde on December 5. Promoter Frank Warren, who manages the pair, insists their rematch is next, despite the … Continue reading Frank Warren: Arthur-Yarde rematch is next, despite their contrasting situations

Unification next? Bivol dismantles Zurdo to defend WBA LHW strap, then calls for Beterbiev clash

There was less fanfare this time around, in a different continent against another fearsome Mexican champion. WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol got the job done all the same in his 10th world title defence and ultimately eased to a wide UD victory (118-110, 117-111, 117-111) over Gilberto Ramirez, inflicting the 31-year-old’s first professional defeat before … Continue reading Unification next? Bivol dismantles Zurdo to defend WBA LHW strap, then calls for Beterbiev clash

Friday Fight Night: Bentley batters Morrison in title defence, Zorro passes Spelman gutcheck and more

Denzel Bentley retained his British middleweight title with a fourth-round TKO win over Marcus Morrison to cap Frank Warren’s latest Queensberry card, one featuring multiple finishes. Super-featherweight prospect Royston Barney Smith was among them, after Brayan Mairena inflicted Frank Arnold’s first career defeat. Dec Spelman put unbeaten cruiserweight Ellis Zorro through a firefight, while there … Continue reading Friday Fight Night: Bentley batters Morrison in title defence, Zorro passes Spelman gutcheck and more