Anthony Yarde Avenged Arthrur Loss With KO
English Light Heavyweight contender Anthony Yarde was looking for a statement win and revenge all in the same London ring Saturday night. And, he got both with a KO of Lyndon Arthur in the Queensberry Promotions main event that may set Yarde up for another World title shot.
Yarde, now 22-2, started quickly scoring a hard right hand in round one and then, rocked Arthur in the third round, as well. Quickly, he finished things out a round later with an impressive barrage of punches dropping the previously unbeaten Arthrur on his knees.
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After savaging Arthur in a corner for almost 30 seconds, particularly with his right uppercuts, Arthur dropped to the canvas and the fight was waved off on a TKO.
“I said this fight was not going to go six rounds. I knew I hurt him in the first round. My job was to stay cool….I’m always gonna be cool, calm and collected. I’ve been at a big level before. And, I’ve just got a different mentality,” Yarde told BT Sport Television after the bout.
The “Big level” he’s referring to was his unsuccessful challenge of former WBO World champ Sergey Kovalev nearly two years ago. He and Kovalev both hurt each other, before the veteran, Russian dropped him for good with a straight left hand for Yarde’s first pro loss.
Saturday night was nearly a year to the day that Arthur had beaten Yarde for his second loss on a 12 round split decision. That gave Arthur the WBO’s Inter-Continental 175 lb. and put him in contention for a possible world title shot.
However, since both fighters are promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, the rematch was a natural. And, on this night, Yarde re-established his own title credentials.
Now, we’ll wait to see if Yarde gets in the mix with WBO world champ Joe Smith Jr., who’s rescheduled title defense with another Brit, Callum. Johnson, is next month.