Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Mikael Zewski will, thankfully, not be the only bit of boxing on September 12th. Frank Warren today revealed the four major fights in his own BT Sport lineup that day.
Yarde (19-1, 18 KO), fighting for the first time since handing Diego Jair Ramirez his 49th defeat in 56 pro fights this past February, is being lined up to face unbeaten countryman Lyndon Arthur at some point in the near future. Spelman (16-4, 8 KO) lost an extremely wide decision to Arthur last month, and Queensberry’s press release outright calls the fight “an ideal chance” for Yarde to “directly compare himself” against “King Arthur.”
Not how the transitive property works, but whatever.
“The people want explosive action and knockouts so I will not be hiding behind my jab and sending everyone to sleep,” Yarde said. “This will be all about me reminding people that I am the force of the division and I am heading right back to the top where I intend to dominate and reign for a long time to come.
“I respect Dec Spelman as a fighter but this is the chance for me to show everyone what they can expect when I get to share a ring with Lyndon Arthur.”
“If Yarde comes to fight then so much the better for me. Lyndon made our fight a technical affair that I was disappointed I couldn’t really get to grips with, so if Yarde wants some action then bring it on,” Spelman said. “I will actually be his first test at the domestic level so we will see how he looks on the night.”
Up at heavyweight, Nathan Gorman (16-1, 11 KO) makes his first appearance in 14 months against Ghana’s Richard Lartey (14-2, 11 KO), “subject to visa approval.” Both men are coming off of destructive losses to Daniel Dubois, Gorman in June of last year and Lartey in April of last year.
Middleweight Mark Heffron (25-1, 19 KO), riding a four-fight winning streak since falling to Liam Williams in a 2018 bid for the British title, meets undefeated Denzel Bentley (13-0, 11 KO). This will be Bentley’s third time facing an opponent with a winning record.
Finally, recently signed welterweight Ekow Essuman faces Cedrick Paynaud (8-7-3, 4 KO), whom you may remember form his excellent duology with Conor Benn.