Anthony Yarde’s date with future at Wembley Enviornment towards unified light-heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev is confirmed after the east Londoner knocked out Stefani Koykov within the third spherical on Saturday in Telford.
Having not fought since final December – when he avenged his avenged his agonising 2020 loss to Lyndon Arthur – Yarde simply outclassed his Bulgarian opponent, with a flurry of photographs seeing Koykov drop to the canvas and failing to beat the referee’s rely.
Wanting forward to what’s set to be a mouthwatering contest on Saturday 28 January, Yarde stated: “January 28 will probably be my night time.
“My future enjoying out in my residence metropolis, and that is what I’ve been eager for all through my skilled profession, which began at Wembley.
“I will not make any huge predictions for this struggle towards a robust unified champion in Artur Beterbiev, however what I’ll say is that I’ll depart nothing to probability, and I’m at my finest after I struggle fireplace with fireplace.”
Unbeaten Beterbiev, who added the WBO to his WBC and IBF belts when stopping Joe Smith Jr. in June, is of course assured about his probabilities and hit out at his upcoming opponent.
“I by no means again down from a problem, and Anthony Yarde is a high contender who requested for this struggle. I stay up for preventing in London for the primary time because the Olympics.
“Yarde known as me ‘sluggish’ after my struggle with Joe Smith Jr., however sluggish and regular wins the race. And on January 28, I’ll win in London.”
It’s the second time Yarde will probably be contesting a world-title struggle, after being TKOed by Sergey Kovalev for the WBO belt again in August 2019.
Yarde’s promoter, Frank Warren, is hoping his man can proper these wrongs.
“This may undoubtedly be the most important problem of Anthony’s profession thus far, and now we have made positive he’ll get the perfect situations potential by securing him residence benefit.
“It will be an enormous event on the OVO Enviornment Wembley, which is similar venue the place Anthony made his skilled debut in Could 2015.
“After all, we all know an important champion like Beterbiev has no fears of travelling and nearly all of his largest wins have come outdoors his now residence nation of Canada.
“Boxing is all about timing, and we hope the time is correct for Anthony to fulfil his big potential and pull off what could be one of many largest wins by a British fighter.
“That is going to be a spectacular present, and I’m positive it’s an occasion the general public will get behind in huge numbers to help Anthony’s try to realize his dream.”
Tickets for Beterbiev vs Yarde at The O2 on Saturday 28 January 2023 go on basic sale at 11am on Thursday 24 November from AXS.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.