30-year-old British boxer Anthony Yarde defeated fellow countryman Lyndon Arthur by KO4 at an event organized by Queensberry Promotions on December 4 in the UK.
The fight took place in the light heavyweight category, and it was the rematch of the first fight between these boxers on December 5, 2020, where Arthur defeated Yarde by split decision 115-113 (x2), 111-117 also in UK. Before meeting again in the ring, Yarde and Arthur fought Alex Theran and Davide Faraci, respectively, fights in which both were victorious by knocking out their rivals. This victory left Yarde as the new WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight champion.
The fight showed from start to finish two fighters working at different paces, while Yarde came out from the opening bell to exert pressure and throw a high volume of punches, Arthur started extremely slow, with little mobility and trying to slow down Yarde with clinches. Come the fourth round Arthur kept his slow pace and paid dearly by being subdued by Yarde on the ropes, where he ended up losing the fight by knockout.
What’s next for these fighters?
Anthony Yarde arrived as the WBO number 9 contender and faced Arthur who was number 1. Without a doubt, beyond losing the WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight championships, Arthur loses a great opportunity to face the WBO champion Joe Smith. For Yarde this victiry represents getting back on track to win the WBO light heavyweight championship.