A massive fight into the start of the year 2023 as we see Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde at the OVO Wembley Stadium on Saturday, 28th January for the WBC, WBO and IBF world light-heavyweight championship. Artur Beterbiev currently stands with an impressive record of 18 wins and no losses with all wins coming by way of KO defending his belts. Yarde is known for explosive punching power and is coming into this bout as a massive underdog even in his own backyard, he will be looking to prove a lot of doubters wrong.
Anthony Yarde’s current record is 28 wins with 22 coming by way of KO and 2 losses against Sergey Kovalev and Lyndon Arthur. Yarde later avenged his defeat against Arthur with a KO victory against him. He is the younger fighter in this bout being 31 years old compared to Beterbiev who is 38 years old. Beterbiev is a two-time Olympian and is considered to be a level or two above Yarde.
One concern that is around Beterbiev is if he is ageing as he is 38 years of age, some fighters are prone to letting time defeat them. If Beterbiev isn’t at the super high levels that we have come accustomed to due to this then Yarde could well take advantage of that fact of being the more youthful fighter with less wear and tear on them, especially with the home-crowd support backing him in this bout.
In boxing, we know that each fighter has a puncher’s chance when in the ring and Yarde has shown he is capable of producing devastating KOs when he lands. Beterbiev is also no stranger to a KO victory and this fight promises to be a battle. Yarde will have to produce a top-tier performance in order to compete with Beterbiev who has never let a fight go to a decision so far in his career.
Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde Prediction
Artur Beterbiev is an unbelievable fighter with a huge amount of pedigree that makes him a favourite coming into this fight against the British Anthony Yarde. His last fight came back in June 2022 against Joe Smith Jr in New York where he won by TKO in round two. Yarde’s last fight was a lot more recent fighting Stefani Koykov where he won by KO in round three. Beterbiev is on an 18-fight win streak and is currently undefeated so far in his career. Yarde is on a three-match winning streak after his loss against Lyndon Arthur which he later avenged in the three-match winning streak but it shows that there is a possible chink in the armour.
We predict Artur Beterbiev to win by KO/TKO.
Artur Beterbiev while his recent fight was a further back than Yarde, it shouldn’t be a problem for him in this fight as he is the much better boxer and combined his strong punching power, we predict that he will KO/TKO Anthony Yarde in this bout and defend his titles successfully once more. Yarde has been stopped already once in his career by Sergey Kovalev and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Beterbiev was to do the same to him here.
Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde Betting Tips
*odds correct at the time of publishing, subject to change.
Fight To Go The Distance – No
All of Artur Beterbiev’s fights, he has won by way of KO proving he is a powerful puncher and a formidable opponent. Yarde has also won most of his victories by KO, it is very hard to imagine that Yarde will be able to outbox Beterbiev for 12 rounds to win via decision so he knows his best bet will be stopping Beterbiev. Both fighters are highly capable of stopping each other if given the chance in the fight, we can’t imagine that this fight is going to go the full distance with one of them being stopped.
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