Yarde & Arthur Face Off For British Bragging Rights – Fight Preview

Lion vs King - Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur finally face off on Saturday night (Photo: BT Sport Boxing, Twitter)

A fight that was originally cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place this weekend as Anthony Yarde and Lyndon Arthur face off in an all British light-heavyweight affair.

The ‘Lion’ vs the ‘King’ for the Commonwealth title. A quite simply tantalising matchup, to see who will become Queensberry’s front running light-heavyweight star.

Kudos to both men for taking the fight, putting on a great spectacle for the fans and putting it all on the line in the tough times we are in at the moment.

How has the fight come about?

The fight was originally booked for April, on the undercard of Daniel Dubois v Joe Joyce, who fight this weekend on BT Sport. However, due to the coronavirus hiatus, the fight unfortunately got cancelled.

Ever since boxing has been back, promotor Frank Warren has wanted to make this match up again. An interesting domestic dust up between two of Britain’s best 175 pound fighters was never going to be brushed under the carpet. So here we are, almost eight months down the line with the pair finally meeting in the ring on Saturday night.

Yarde has been pushed as one of the hottest prospects in Britain for years now, and it is easy to see why. Although fighting limited opposition, Yarde didn’t put a foot wrong when he was climbing the light heavyweight ladder. In typical Frank Warren fashion, Yarde went down the WBO route, becoming mandatory challenger to Sergey Kovalev’s title.

When his time came, Yarde came agonisingly close to dethroning the Russian ‘Krusher’. Although the ‘Beast from the East’ eventually got stopped in the eleventh round. He put in a valiant display and nearly had his man a couple of rounds earlier, but unfortunately couldn’t quite finish him.

Yarde goes into the fight as favourite with the bookmakers (Photo: Daily Star)

Since then, Yarde has fought just twice. The 29-year-old fought a journeyman in Spain, to shake off some inevitable ring rust, before knocking out Dec Spelman in six rounds back in September. Although Yarde proved he belongs at world level, fights like this against Arthur are pivotal in getting that shot again.

In the case of Lyndon Arthur, his last fight was also against Spelman, where he became the Commonwealth champion, comprehensively outpointing a game opponent. A similar resume to Yarde’s in the sense that he fought a similar level of opponent on his way to this fight, bar the obvious world title fight Yarde had.

Arthur is undefeated, 17-0, with 12 of those wins coming via stoppage, so his power will undoubtedly be more than a match for Yarde, who himself is a concussive puncher.

This fight has really captured the imagination of fight fans, with both men really believing they will defeat the other. With the fight being scheduled for earlier in the year, before being cancelled for obvious reasons, it has only given fans more of an urge to see the fight in what will most certainly be an intriguing one while it lasts.

How will they cause problems for each other?

Yarde is undoubtedly the more powerful of the two men. This could cause problems for Arthur. Yarde has stopped all but one of opponents he has defeated, proving that he has real power and is capable of getting almost anyone out of there.

On the other hand, Arthur is no slouch in terms of power either. He himself has stopped around 70% of his opponents, proving that he can more than match Yarde when it comes down to landing the big shots.