By News Team
10th September 2020
Anthony Yarde is back in the ring for the first time since the sporting layoff this weekend, facing fellow British light-heavyweight contender Dec Spelman.
We take you through everything you need to know ahead of the fight.
Yarde looking for an emphatic win
With fighters and promoters all wrestling for dates, it’ll be the first time since February that Anthony Yarde has fought inside the ring, and the first time on British television since his hard-fought defeat to former WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.
Yarde is in good spirits, and is looking for an emphatic win this weekend, with some bigger fights on the horizon for next year.
Made it to the big leagues
‘The Beast from the East’ almost cracked the world scene when he travelled to Russia to fight Sergey Kovalev last year.
He was the mandatory challenger for the then light-heavyweight champion’s WBO world title, and it was a fight that, despite losing by knockout, garnered Yarde universal respect among the boxing community. If he hadn’t have punched himself into exhaustion during an eighth round in which he had the champion wobbled, there might have been a sensational opposite outcome.
All that aside, Yarde is now considered one of the top-rising British fighters. All but one of his 19 wins have come by way of knockout, and with eccentric trainer Tunde Ajayi by his side, there is a lot to be excited about when talking about the future of Anthony Yarde.
One fight that has caught the eye of the public is the possibility of fighting Joshua Buatsi, Matchroom Boxing’s very own light-heavyweight prodigy, an Olympic bronze medallist, unbeaten in 12 professional fights, and thought to be the next big star emerging from Matchroom’s thriving stable.
In an interview last week with IFL TV, Yarde discussed the fight in question, saying: “When I get past Dec Spelman, we’ll make it happen.”