After a failed title shot in Russia and a get-well knockout win in Spain, Anthony Yarde will return to the UK on April 11th, taking on unbeaten countryman Lyndon Arthur as part of the Daniel Dubois-Joe Joyce undercard at the O2.
FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT @thebeastyarde vs @LyndonArthur— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) March 3, 2020
The O2 Arena, London
Another huge domestic battle added to #SeekAndDestroy #DuboisJoyce
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Yarde (19-1, 18 KO), who hasn’t gone the distance since his second pro fight, made his bones mauling mid-level light heavyweights like Nikola Sjekloca, Norbert Nemesapati, and Travis Reeves before signing on to face Sergey Kovalev in August. It looked to be far too big a step up on paper, but “The Beast” did remarkably well for himself against the faded champ before running out of steam and falling in the 11th.
Arthur (16-0, 12 KO) finds himself in the same boat as an unKrushed Yarde, sporting a gilded record free of notable victories. He had a bit of a rough time with Ghana’s Emmanuel Anim last October, but he can thump and Yarde showed heaps of vulnerabilities, so this should be plenty fun while it lasts.
The other confirmed fight sees British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins’ (22-3-3, 8 KO) rematch Johnny Garton (24-2-1, 10 KO), from whom he took the belt last March. TBA is, as always, an absolute workhorse; he’s booked against Archie Sharp, Hamzah Sheeraz, Denzel Bentley, David Adeleye, and Dennis McCann, among others.