Beterbiev questions Bivol’s eagerness to fight for undisputed, hopes deal can get done

Artur Beterbiev stands in his corner after defeating Joe Smith Jr during the light heavyweight title bout at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square...

Although he’s set to make a mandatory defence of his newly-won WBO light-heavyweight title before this year is up against Anthony Yarde, Artur Beterbiev hasn’t been shy about the fact he has bigger fish to fry at 175lbs: a undisputed fight with fellow unbeaten champion Dmitry Bivol.
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Beterbiev blasts past Smith Jr inside two rounds – sorry Yarde, there’s bigger fish to fry

Artur Beterbiev celebrates after defeating Joe Smith Jr, during their WBC,IBF and WBO light heavyweight Championship fight, at The Hulu Theater at...

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 Brit overcome this test later this year. 
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Brilliant Bivol breaks down Canelo en route to UD win, retains WBA light-heavyweight title

Dmitry Bivol throws a left at Canelo Alvarez in the fifth round of their WBA light heavyweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 07, 2022 in Las...

The tagline for this event – legacy is earned – couldn’t be more apt. WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol produced a career-best showing and justified the pre-fight caution with a UD win over undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez, throwing a spanner in the Mexican’s future plans by boxing with deadly discipline to inflict his second pro defeat.
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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Frank Warren today confirmed light-heavyweight contender Callum Johnson has withdrawn from his scheduled January 15 title fight against WBO champion Joe Smith Jr, while revealing another of his stable – #1 mandatory challenger Anthony Yarde – is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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