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

Callum Johnson celebrates victory after the WBO Global Heavyweight title fight between Callum Johnson and Server Emurlaev at Utilita Arena Birmingham...

Frank Warren today confirmed light-heavyweight contender Callum Johnson has withdrawn from his scheduled January 15 title fight against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr, while revealing another of his stable – #1 mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde – is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.
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Yarde blasts past Arthur in long-awaited rematch with R4 KO, reinforces world title bid

Anthony Yarde celebrates his 4th round victory over Lyndon Arthur claiming the WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavy Weight Title at Copper Box Arena on...

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 – against the Joe Smith Jr vs Callum Johnson winner. Continue reading

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

Lyndon Arthur finds the finish to the stop Davide Faraci in nine - Boxing  News

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 circumstances surrounding both.
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