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Anthony Yarde-Lyndon Arthur joins Dubois-Joyce on April 11th

Yarde unsuccessfully challenged Sergey Kovalev for the WBo light heavyweight title last August

Sergey Kovalev and Anthony Yarde weigh in before WBO light heavyweight title fight in Chelyabinsk Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images

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.

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.

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