Light-heavyweight king Artur Beterbiev is reportedly set to defend his unified titles against Britain’s Anthony Yarde on January 28th in the English capital.
The news comes courtesy of ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, while BoxingScene first reported the date for the planned light-heavyweight showdown.
Both Beterbiev and Yarde were set to face-off in London next month before the former had to undergo surgery on his knee, pushing the bout back to early 2023.
The Russian last defeated Joe Smith Jr. to add the WBO title to his WBC and IBF jewels at 175lbs, and will face a more experienced Yarde than the one his countryman Sergey Kovalev met in August 2019. That night saw Yarde comprehensively outboxed for much of the evening but the Londoner was a handful of shots away from scoring a seismic upset in the eighth round where he had the Russian badly hurt. Kovalev re-grouped however and eventually stopped Yarde in the eleventh round to successfully defend his world light-heavyweight title in only the Brit’s nineteenth professional contest.
Yarde bounced back with two stoppage victories before again tasting defeat to Lyndon Arthur at the tailend of 2020, a time which proved difficult for reasons both inside but mainly outside the boxing ring. However, the Londoner returned a year later, re-energised by his time outside the ring and halted Manchester’s Arthur inside four rounds to become Commonwealth champion. A number one ranking with the WBO also fell into the lap of Yarde following his rematch victory over his fellow Brit.
Yarde is set to runout in Telford on November 19th before looking ahead to a huge showdown with the pound-for-pound star Beterbiev, a man who is not only undefeated in eighteen bouts but who boasts a 100% knockout record as a professional to date.