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Frank Warren today confirmed light-heavyweight contender Callum Johnson has withdrawn from his scheduled January 15 title fight against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr, while revealing another of his stable – #1 mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde – is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 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

After his R4 blasting win over Bryan, Dubois must now step up the gears again

Sure, you can only beat what’s in-front of you. However, after blasting overmatched opponent Trevor Bryan with a fourth-round KO in Miami over the weekend as expected to capture the WBA’s (Regular) heavyweight title, Daniel Dubois and his team must now intensify his challenges if he’s to erase the Joe Joyce loss as little more … Continue reading After his R4 blasting win over Bryan, Dubois must now step up the gears again

Canelo stresses patience is key in weekend’s light-heavyweight title battle with Bivol

Ahead of his return to light-heavyweight against WBA champion Dmitry Bivol on Saturday night, the undisputed king at 168lbs has already stressed he won’t deviate from a plan that has proven decisive throughout his career to date. How will that insistence pan out against an unbeaten, savvy Russian operator who many critics are wrong in … Continue reading Canelo stresses patience is key in weekend’s light-heavyweight title battle with Bivol

Ricards Bolotniks raring to shock Joshua Buatsi in their weekend encounter

Ricards Bolotniks (18-5-1, 8 KOs) faces Joshua Buatsi (14-0, 12 KOs) in the main event of this weekend’s final Matchroom Fight Camp show, a pivotal bout between two of the world’s top-15 light-heavyweights with a big promotion push awaiting the winner. Bolotniks is more experienced and has vowed to make this weekend a hard one … Continue reading Ricards Bolotniks raring to shock Joshua Buatsi in their weekend encounter